Tuesday, September 02, 2008
This girl made the mistake of biting my neck yesterday.
The very wet summer coupled with a pretty active Hurricane Season has caused a jump in the mosquito population around here. If you get into the shade, or near a body of freshwater, you soon wind up covered with the little vampires.
Even in sunny open areas they get you, just with less backup.
Yesterday, I zipped out to some local ditches and creeks to dipnet more gambusia minnows to toss in the pond since it is now holding water ... and therefore, mosquito larvae. The fish multiply quick and are voracious predators of mosquito wrigglers so that should help in the long term.
(Pond is about knee deep by the way)
I also went around the place emptying anything that was holding rainwater. It turns out I was growing quite a crop of skeeters due to my own neglect of this important chore.
Too many skeeters are a negative consequence of abundant rain. The positive effects vastly outweigh a few pesky, disease vectoring mosquitoes.
Like this for instance.