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Old 08-07-2015, 05:04 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Hi all,
My family and I moved here with little time to choose a house to rent in the general Wilmington area (our house in PA sold and we had to be out quick). Since my son will be starting UNCW soon - we ended up in Wilmington in a golf community not far from Carolina Beach. We're actually quite close to the Cape Fear River. We expected it to be warmer than PA of course (and we have lived FL), but we didn't expect such High Humidity, mosquitoes and no see-ums every day. Its to the point we don't go outside until after 5:00 and then you get bit up. My poor Sheltie is very mad that I don't walk him as often as I used to. I hate having to slather on the bug spray just to unload the groceries.

I digress.....my question is - Is it any less humid - maybe due to a breeze - being closer to the Ocean vs the Cape Fear River? Is the mosquito and sand fleas problem this bad? I've noticed in downtown Wilmington (in town) there's less bugs outside, but we are not city folk. How about Wrightsville Beach, Middle Sound, Hampstead or Holly Ridge? any better? We have done some driving around, but not enough. (I think Kure and Carolina Beach may be too honky-tonk for us, lol). We plan to buy a house soon, and would appreciate some helpful input! Thank you.
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Old 08-07-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Southport
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Humidity is the same. Right on the beach, there will usually be a breeze off the ocean that makes it more tolerable. Usually, but not always. And I mean right on the ocean (like you can see it), not "close" to it.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:15 PM
 
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Yeah, what he said ^. You literally have to be on the beach for there to be any appreciable difference. And sometimes the wind happens to be coming from the inland side, so you get no benefit at all then.
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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In my experience you have to actually be ON the beach. Like not in your yard, but on the sand. There's a good breeze then.

Sorry you didn't know it was hot and humid. We coulda told ya that.

Your bugs might be better elsewhere in the Wilmington area. Could definitely be worse being close to the river. Stay further away from water when you buy your house. Unless you go for that ocean front place.

BTW, sand flea is another name for mole crabs and they live in the surf's edge. No-see-ums are just no-see-ums.
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:39 AM
 
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Your on the coast.It is humid and you can't do a dang thing about it .Sorry ,you could possibly treat your property with a mosquito spray but it won't last long.It has been a really wet spring hence more biters.
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Old 08-08-2015, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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One thing you could do for walking the dog is to investing in some light-weight clothing with insect repellant imbedded in it. I have a pair of "Bugs-Away" slacks, and they seem to work for gardening.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:48 PM
 
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Just moved to Hampstead 2 months ago. The first month I think I was eaten alive by bugs and mosquitos but now its gotten better for some reason. Hot and humid everywhere!
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