I don't know what happened this year, but it has been the worst ever for mosquitoes.
We have literally been held captive in our house because of these blood sucking bugs. When we venure out of the house to take care of the animals we must be covered with insect repellent from head to foot. Not that it does much good, they just seem to laugh at us and bite anyway.
When we mow the lawn a cloud arises of these winged predators and follows us around the yard, sucking blood at every opportunity. For every gallon of gas I use, I lose about a pint of blood too.
I had to put up warning signs so visitors would be aware of our problem.
We have been battling these miniature vampires since the weather warmed up and the rains started. The woods that surround us are very swampy this year and our local Mosquito Abatement crews have been nowhere to be seen. I called last month to see how soon they would be roadside spraying and they said that they had no idea, but they were working overtime on the problem. They claim that the problem this year is that both the spring and summer varieties are hatching at the same time.
All I know is that the stores cannot keep insecticides or repellents on the shelves, and no one has seen or heard the Mosquito Abatement trucks spraying. Personally I believe that they are afraid of being caught spraying with only the protection of their light pick-up trucks.
Tonight after taking care of the animals, I got fed up ducking and dodging the avian epidemic and took drastic measures.....
It may not be sporting, but it works. This one didn't get blasted too badly. But since I shot it, I can't figure out what to do with it, have it mounted or have it for dinner !!!