Thursday, May 21, 2009

What Bugs Me


We rode our horses last weekend. We were riding in a quasi swampy area. After stopping for only a moment we found ourselves enveloped in a fog of mosquitoes. I am aware that only female mosquitoes are after blood, the males are vegetarian. I just wonder how these insects survive. It doesn’t seem that there are enough mammals to support their life cycles.

I imagine that if we stayed put for five minutes we would have been totally covered. Though we were armed with repellent, it is still an uncomfortable situation to be in knowing all the diseases of which mosquitoes are vectors for. We trotted off leaving the cloud behind us. Fortunately the mosquitoes can’t fly as quickly as horses can move out, but still we found some that had the good timing to be flying closely as we passed and were able to attach themselves.

Now if the horses can learn to out-run yellow jackets later this summer.

4 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

Have you ever tried any of those little sonic insect repellents? We took some cheap ones with us to Alabama a couple of years ago and they seemed to work okay. Don't know if they would work on yellow jackets, but it might be worth a couple of bucks to try one out.

5:37 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

Females are actually vegetarians also, but they need the blood for reproductive purposes.

An excerpt from a book I would like to read

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only squish two bugs without hesitation. Skeeters and Yellow Jackets.

8:48 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, I've tried one for bats and it didn't work, but I'll ask around about the bug version.

Rich, our in-house researcher. Good work.

Anon, I'd bet you'd love living in black fly country.

5:48 AM  

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