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Old 05-28-2010, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Akiak, AK
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So a photo and discussion of the photo up in the Alaska picture thread (thanks Warpt) got me to wondering. What kind of creepy crawlies will I encounter in Alaska? I know mosquitoes can be a problem. Here in the summers we deal with all types of ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, ants, houseflies, fruit flies, horse flies...in other words lots of bugs, in your house you deal in the summer with the flies, spiders (year round), and fruit flies, as well as the dreaded ant infestations, and some unlucky souls also get to fight with fleas, and roaches. Fall we get the lady bug infestations..and the false lady bugs that bite! You know come to think of it Missouri is a buggy state LOL and those are just the annoying ones! Do you guys have any typical bugs that invade your homes to fight off? Spiders are they are problem in the home? We had a brown recluse invasion in one of our homes.. talk about shaking out shoes and clothes before putting them on!
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Keep in mind when you kill a mosquito, all of it's relatives will show up for it's funeral!
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Lots of creepy crawlies...oh your not asking about the 2 legged ones hahahaha......I'm sure someone will tell you all about the snow snakes, ice worms, enormous mosquitoes (drain ya dry in minutes!) and the other creepy crawlies....
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Keep in mind when you kill a mosquito, all of it's relatives will show up for it's funeral!
beautiful Warpt! lov your sense of humor!
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Well, there is that Sarah Palin creature....

no fleas or snakes though

The farther north you go, the less varied the species of plants and animals are, so we probably don't have the variety of insects here that you do in MO, and their seasons are much shorter. Mosquitos are the worst, lots of flies et al, spiders, and I've heard of a cockroach infestation in Wasilla.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Yeah those Wasilla roaches are transplants from the overload in Chicago.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Next to mosquitoes, no-see-ums are the most irritating insects here. The main problem is that they are small enough to fit through most screens. Also, while the variety is not as great, the quantity here makes up for it. Spiders come out in the spring, but none of the poisonous kind.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Akiak, AK
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Keep in mind when you kill a mosquito, all of it's relatives will show up for it's funeral!
So that is what I have been doing wrong all this time.. why I am their favorite meal! We have what we call Gallon Nippers here, they are huge mosquitos, but very slow and easy enough to avoid being bit by. Keep in mind bugs don't scare me (ok well spiders don't count) just annoy LOL! As far as the 2 legged creepy crawlies, I think they have invaded everywhere *sigh* and boy howdy do they put up a fuss if you kill one of them
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Akiak, AK
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Do you guys fight spider infestations in the house? I know here spiders indoors is pretty common place and not a lot you can do but just keep up the good fight and hope none crawl into bed and bite you in your sleep (spider bites are just a fact of life here, like mosquito bites) We do all we can to keep them away, but they still manage to find their way in on a regular basis, almost worse here is ants, they like to invade in the spring and those buggers are a pain to keep out!
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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We have spiders..and lots of hornets right now.

But I don't think people really understand what we mean by mosquitos. When we vacationed in Florida I was warned about the mosquitos when we were canoeing down a swampy creek. I hardly noticed any.

In the Kuskokwim River country above Mcgrath I once killed more than 30 mosquitos...in one swat.
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