Thursday, August 20, 2015


We had a cold spring and a hot, dry June and July, and I've heard it said that we had 90% fewer mosquitoes than usual. We are paying for it now.

When I go out to the truck in the morning, I run to escape them. When I open the door, a swarm goes inside. I spend several minutes killing them before starting the engine. Others buzz around me as I drive. At the end of the day, after the truck has sat in town for eight hours, there are still a couple in the cab.

When I go for a walk in the evening, I put on repellent lotion (handmade, all natural, no poisonous ingredients) and spray commerical repellent on my clothing. The mosquitoes still bounce off my face, annoying the hell out of me.

Any night now, if we have a good freeze, I will not complain. It may decimate gardens and crops — no, that wouldn't be good — but there would be one bright side. Death to mosquitoes.