Q. I would like to see a chart describing the severity of mosquitoes in different areas, and the approximate length of time they are active (starting and ending dates). This chart should cover as many towns, or areas, as possible. Future residents could really use this type of info to help narrow the # of choices of towns when deciding where they would like to live. Mosquitoes do matter! -Steve
A. Yes, Steve, they do matter, at least to some people. We have a friend, named Dean Wilson who has a good outlook, however. He laughs and says it is just a case of mind over matter. He doesn’t mind, so they don’t matter! Not all of us can reach that state of mind though.
Your question is a bit hard to answer and I don’t believe such a chart is even feasible. It would be nice if it were, but each year would find it out of date since no two years are the same. Some years see hardly any, and then will come a year where you swear the little devils are twin engined! It depends, among other things, on how wet, how long, or how severe a winter we have had.
Mosquitoes are really only bad – on years when they are bad – for about 6 weeks. That is typically from about last week in May to first week in July. At least that is how it was this year.
Troublesome as they are, they do serve a purpose believe it or not. Some birds depend on them for food; also, the plentitude of mosquitoes even affects the # of fish available!
There are ways to fight mosquitoes. Some people claim leaving all sugar out of your diet for about 6 weeks before they land helps. Others swear by eating lots of garlic. If that works on mosquitoes, it probably works on getting rid of your friends too! You might want to think that one over. One year when we lived out in the bush (think ‘toolies’ ) we read that having lots of dragon flies around made a big difference. So we ordered dragonfly egg cases from an organic type gardening catalog. We floated them in tubs of water, since we didn’t live by a stream like we do now. When they hatched out, our property was flooded with darting beautiful dragonflies. Since they are reported to eat something like a couple thousand mosquitoes each every day – we had a wonderful almost-mosquito-free summer.
Now they have a wonderful gadget on the market. Kind of pricey, but boy do they work! It is a propane/electric machine called a Mosquito Magnet. It lures the little suckers into its belly by putting out the pheromones of a mosquito. They range in price from $200. to $600. We saw how magically (practically) they cleared the property of our friends Mary and Larry. Larry had fun collecting the hapless critters each day and dumping them into a gallon ziplock bag he kept in his freezer. He proudly showed me his stash of freeze dried mosquitoes one day. He had a bagful. We laughed about what to do with them. Bake them into brownies for tourists? Decorate stationery? Use them for a contest? (Guess how many in a gallon jar?) Use them to feed the chickens? See….mosquitoes can indeed serve a purpose.
If I ever see such a chart as you mentioned, Steve, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, don’t let a few mosquitoes cheat you out of a trip to the Great Land. -Bonnie J.