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Unread 07-09-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong
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Default Mosquitos & Hilo & Rain

I visited HILO...and I don't recall many mosquitos.

I do remember a lot of rain though...and I remember an almost spiritual quality to the city in some way...that I can't quite explain.

What I don't recall is mosquitos. Don't mosquitos and rain go somewhat hand in hand? Or is Hilo close enough to have an ocean breeze that deters that somewhat?
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Unread 07-10-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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I would like to know the answer to this as well.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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If you get away from the "city" portion of Hilo and into the neighborhoods, you will have plenty of mosquitoes. Also, areas nearer jungle/rain forest will have a lot more as well.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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It really depends on where in Hilo. Places on the ocean or open to seabreezes without too many trees usually have few mosquitoes. Homes in or adjacent to overgrown/jungle areas have many more.

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Unread 07-10-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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OK ... I'll bite (so to speak) ... I have lived in 9 states (including Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Washington, California, Hawaii -- more), camped and hiked in 47, as well as most all Canadian provinces from B.C. to Nova Scotia, lived in S.E. Asia and did a war in the jungles there as well as R&R in the Philippines ...

Without question, one of the worst attacks of mosquitoes I have ever experienced was in Hilo ... rivaling one particularly draining night of donation camped at Devil's Lake, N. Dakota, many many days and nights along the Morris River bogs in New Jersey, a near-death experience in the the Ozarks in Arkansas, and the world-phenomenal mosquito air force mega-bases of the bogs and lakes of Minnesota and Maine.

All that said above, however, I will qualify: I rarely find mosquitoes an overwhelming problem anywhere in Hawaii, including Hilo ... anywhere with open space and a breeze is usually relatively safe and often completely free of the buggers -- including in Hilo. The infamous and life-traumatic experience cited occurred when I [foolishly] ventured at dusk into a lovely, but thickly jungled arboretum grove of flowered vegetation that thrived in a sheltered mini-valley along a shallow and very slow moving stream. What a set-up for a fool. You'd think a combat vet would know better than to walk into a trap like that

Yes, 'they' are there ... Yes! they vant urr bloood! ... but no, you don't need silver bullets nor wooden stakes to wander the streets of Hilo ... common sense will do ... stay out of the captive, sheltered, wet jungle areas at dawn and dusk.

Aloha
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Unread 07-10-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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Ha ha You paint a perfect picture. I appreciate the answer.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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On my first two visits to Hilo (2001 and 2002), the mosquitoes were really bad anywhere there was tree cover. I made sure to always apply a layer of insect repellant on top of my layer of sunscreen. On my most recent visit, though (last August), I encountered very few of the buggahs. Some people said it was due to the drought, and others said it was due to people being more conscious about not leaving containers with open water sitting out where mosquitoes can breed. On my first visit, there was a dengue fever scare, and the public was being educated about how to keep the mosquito population down. It turned out to be a few cases on Maui, and of the "bad case of the flu" type of dengue, rather than the potentially deadly type. Anyway, I don't recall applying insect repellant on my last visit, and I didn't get bitten.

On a side note, here in the Portland area, we have very few mosquitoes, except near standing water. But my wife and I went camping in Gifford Pinchot Forest near Mt. St. Helens a couple summers ago, and the mosquito population was horrendous, as was the deer fly population. Before we left, though, someone I met in line while buying insect repellant told me to use original-formula (gold-colored) Listerine, applied with a spray bottle. Someone had told him about it, and he tried it in the jungles of Honduras, with good results. So we used a combination of natural herbal insect repellant (no Deet) and Listerine. Although the skeeters and flies swarmed around us annoyingly, neither my wife nor I got a single bite during the entire week we were there. Our fellow campers got chewed alive, until they stopped teasing us about the Listerine and tried it themselves. (In the interest of full disclosure, we used the cheaper generic Western Family brand mouthwash, not Listerine.)

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Unread 07-12-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, Texas
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we've been in drought this summer (BAD) and mosquitoes in Brazoria County, Texas are like unreal (salt grass, gulf of mexico, intracoastal canal, and bayous!) BUT - this year - NO mosquitoes. i've seen them on me two or three times tops, and I am out right at dawn AND dusk (walking the dog before and after work). so in my opinion (based on our drought in texas) or should I say my hypothesis is no rain = fewer mosquitoes!
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