Mosquito Survey

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    Jun 24, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    I am noticing an absence of mosquitoes here in northern Virginia this year. Usually, stepping outside is like diving into a pool of piranhas. If you spend a few minutes outside, you itch for a week. But this year, nothing.

    So, I am wondering what others are experiencing around the US with mosquitoes.
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
    The little buggers must have come to Ohio. I hope we get the same problem you have in Northern Virginia.

    I don't think it would damage the ecology if mosquitos and cottenwood trees disapeared.

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    Jun 24, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    Friggin' snowy winter here insulated all the suckers while they were hibernating this year, dammit. I've got four mosquito bites right between my shoulder blades from playing out in the yard this weekend. I go most summers without seeing a mosquito. Back home in interior Alaska, though, they were a plague.

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    Jun 24, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    We haven't seen that many in Oregon - although the weather has been cold and wet. Just wait till it warms-up.... icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 4:12 PM GMT
    I am thinking that our absence of mosquitoes is either due to a natural collapse of the population due to disease or predators...still i would expect a few

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    the violent rains we have had have washed the eggs and wigglers away before they could mature...this I think is the most likely cause
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    Jun 24, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    The mossquitos havent been as bad here in Atlanta as they normally are. It's a nice break
  • auryn

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    Jun 24, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    I'm confused, are you lamenting the fact that you don't have mosquitoes? As cold as it's been, here, I've still been bitten. I hate them with a red hot, passionate hate. Vile little West Nile carrying, fry killing, blood suckers.
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    I think they're still around here in Indiana. No bites yet.
  • qalbi30

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    Jun 24, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    It's interesting it is the females who bite apparently to feed their eggs !a good reason to wage war on them to the death.Midges here in Malta are a pest too.

    Understand that Alaska and Russia have the outsize"Mozzies" that you can grill on a kabab.Good hunting.
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    Jun 24, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    My neighbor bought one of those propane powered, carbon dioxide emitting mosquito traps and I haven't seen a mosquito all summer here in Pennsylvania.
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    Jun 24, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    Mosquitos are hearty little monsters, they can handle the cold as long as it isn't too cold. In Alaska they're the worst I've ever seen. Mosquitos are responsible for more human deaths than any other multicelled organism.
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    Not many in SF, CA!
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    They arent around much here in New York
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
    This year they are bad in RI. Already have several bites. Last year, not a one! Must have something to do with the amount of rain we had this spring. I believe they lay their eggs in standing water.
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
    Hmmm... in N.O., I have found 4 dead birds in the yard this week. VERY unusual. West Nile? And the mosquitoes seem to have vacationed here.
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    Auryn saidI'm confused, are you lamenting the fact that you don't have mosquitoes? As cold as it's been, here, I've still been bitten. I hate them with a red hot, passionate hate. Vile little West Nile carrying, fry killing, blood suckers.


    Oh poor child! Let me rescue you from your confusion. No, I am not lamenting our dearth of mosquitoes. You are confusing astonishment with lamentation.

    There is, however, at least one mosquito in Atlanta:

    CDC expert gets West Nile Virus going for the mail
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jun 24, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    I was crouching while weeding last weekend, and had one of the little bitches bite my sack.

    Grr.
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    John43620 saidMosquitos are hearty little monsters, they can handle the cold as long as it isn't too cold.


    In Alaska, they survive winter just fine, even when the thermometer regularly enough hits -40 Fahrenheit. Indestructible little plagues, I say.
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    Bio, you poor guy, allow me to make it better for you icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    The monsoons may be starting here on Thursday. The thunderstorms are awesome but the skeeters are sure to follow. Haven't seen them yet.
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    Jun 24, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    BioMatty saidI was crouching while weeding last weekend, and had one of the little bitches bite my sack.

    Grr.


    Oops! ... I think that was me! ... icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 25, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    Caslon4000 said
    Oops! ... I think that was me! ... icon_redface.gif


    Blood suckin' son o... ooh, shiny
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    Jun 29, 2008 6:29 AM GMT
    Cuyahoga county Ohio reported their first West Nile Virus case in Ohio for this year. The crow and owl population in Ohio has be cut way down over the past few years. I'd never thought I'd be happy to see crows, until now, and there are few left.



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    Jun 29, 2008 7:44 AM GMT
    None have ever bit me here in the UK, maybe i just don't look appetizing lol
  • kew1

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    Jun 29, 2008 9:29 AM GMT
    Give them time Rick, they will.icon_smile.gif
    Also in UK & none yet.