Jimmy “Stump” Becnel was a mosquito truck operator, and he was a damn good one, but he committed a grave error by driving through Chackbay, Louisiana at dusk. Sadly, he paid for this mistake with his life.
The mosquitoes in Chackbay are unlike any other on the planet. With wingspans of up to 22 feet and a sucker that can drain a fish-frying, beer-chugging coon-ass in less than 8 seconds, they are one of the most feared animals in North America.
“Stump wanted to be a hero. That’s just who he was,” said his brother Bobby Becnel. “He heard the stories. He knew the risks, but he wanted to make a difference in this world. He was brave…stupid too…but brave.”
At approximately 7:05 PM, Stump’s truck was swarmed on Highway 20 just south of Vacherie. A mosquito smashed his window, poked her head inside the cab, and drained his blood before he could yell “Who Dat?” He will be remembered for his sacrifice and for trying to rid the bay area of these terrible monsters that have preyed on human suffering for centuries.