Unless it is warm, sunny and breezy, going outside is a suicide.
|I can hear them buzzing outside. Please, don't let them in.|
Because this is our first Spring up here, hubby was worried what I was going to think of the black fly season. Yes, there were black flies and when they did come out they were nasty. It's been only a few days when they were really bad, though. And when they follow you indoors, all they are worried about is getting back out and have no interest in attacking anybody.
Before the black flies could really make a go of making our lives miserable, the mosquitoes came out.
Not just a few. It's like an alien blood-sucker apocalypse. The sheer numbers are unreal. And their veracity is unmatched.
Never before, except once or twice, we didn't go for a walks with our dogs because of outside conditions.
But now, when it's raining, about to rain, or overcast, nobody can go anywhere. Now, for ourselves, we could wear head nets and even net jackets. But even Cookie doesn't want to be out there in this. Both dogs get completely covered just going to potty.
We tried various natural repellents but none of the does any good. Not even DEET products make a dent in the sheer volume of the attackers and I would be extremely hesitant using this stuff on our dogs anyway.
It doesn't matter that we cut the grass, it doesn't matter whether you stay in the open areas. You breathe, you're there and you'll get swarmed in minutes.
Only dry, sunny, and ideally breezy or windy days allow us to spend time outside. We think of Winter with nostalgia.
Local people say they have never had a mosquito season this terrible.
That's a bit of a relief; maybe it's not like this every spring. I certainly hope so.
For now, as long as the sun isn't out, neither are we. Playing with the dogs inside. Even though Cookie loves playing inside, it doesn't make up for a good walk. At least hubby takes them for daily rides to add a bit more entertainment.
Right now I don't mind her getting a little less exercise, as I want her leg get all better. Last few days we kept her on the leash, even when we can go for walks. But I worry how ballistic she'll get once free again.
Whether it's going to be cockroaches, ticks, or mosquitoes, it seems that bugs will inherit the Earth.
Do you have a mosquito problem where you live? Found anything that works well to keep them at bay?
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