There Is A Horrific New Plague About To Terrorize D.C.!


Bad news, Washington! There’s another new, invasive critter making people crazy, and this one might be even grosser than the cicadas.

Residents of Washington, DC, have come under siege by a plague of microscopic Oak Leaf Itch Mites whose bite leaves a raft of painful and itchy sores on their victims.

Cynthia Palmer of Arlington, Virginia, told The Washington Post, “We wake up at night just scratching, It’s like we have splotches of white paint all over us now that we’re using the calamine [lotion]. The sores are red and swollen, so it’s not pretty.”

Across the region, residents are noticing these unfamiliar bites, mostly on their upper bodies, and are freaking out. They are rushing to doctors for help, pleading for a cure to the painful itching.

Scientists say the mites have come to feed on the billions of cicada eggs that were left by the creatures when they emerged in the capitol last spring and fall on their unsuspecting victims when they pass under an infested tree.

Gene Kritsky, the dean of behavioral and natural sciences at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, told the paper, “It’s a phenomenon related to cicadas being there, and it will dissipate. And eventually you won’t have it next year, because the cicadas will not be emerging.”

The bugs are 1/125 of an inch in length making them virtually invisible to the naked eye. If you’re bitten, you probably won’t even know until the sores begin to emerge about 10 hours later.

Experts say the bugs will continue their plague of terror until Fall.

Sources: Waynedupree, Nypost, Washingtonian, washingtonpost

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