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Old 06-26-2013, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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When I lived in Wisconsin there was a special type of bird house people would put in there back yards to attract a bird called a Purple Martin which was supposed to be very effective at eating all sorts of flying bugs. Does anyone know if they live in the Denver area and are they effective if they do?
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Seriously, build a bat box. They eat more bugs than birds. I love having them around my neighborhood at night. According to the interwebz, a big brown bat (the most common species in Colorado) can down 600-1000 mosquitoes in an hour. Yeah bats!!
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Corona
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Come to think of it we have a lot of wasps but, knock on wood, I have been inches within and never stung, guess they don't like my BO when I landscape!
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I think CO is pretty bugless. People in AZ, the South, and East Coast have legit complaints not here IMO. Heck we don't have ticks, that I have seen, like damn Lyme disease on East Coast.
Don't get lulled into a false sense of security. There are ticks here and Colorado Tick Fever is a viral infection transmitted by one of the tick species. Striped Bark Scorpions are also found throughout the state as are one of the creepiest insects you'll ever see - the Jerusalem Cricket.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Don't get lulled into a false sense of security. There are ticks here and Colorado Tick Fever is a viral infection transmitted by one of the tick species. Striped Bark Scorpions are also found throughout the state as are one of the creepiest insects you'll ever see - the Jerusalem Cricket.
We do have ticks, but I have lived here my entire life, spend lots of time in the mountains, and the only tick bite I have ever received was in Kansas. As for the scorpion and the cricket you mention, I have never seen either of them. They may be here, but they are hardly common.

I did find a black widow outside my house the other day.

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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The best flying bug control I know of:



Seriously, build a bat box. They eat more bugs than birds. I love having them around my neighborhood at night. According to the interwebz, a big brown bat (the most common species in Colorado) can down 600-1000 mosquitoes in an hour. Yeah bats!!
yeah, so you can have more of

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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19 naturally acquired cases of rabies in humans in the United States from 1997-2006
I'll take my chances.

http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education/
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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We do have ticks, but I have lived here my entire life, spend lots of time in the mountains, and the only tick bite I have ever received was in Kansas. As for the scorpion and the cricket you mention, I have never seen either of them. They may be here, but they are hardly common.

I did find a black widow outside my house the other day.
Although I have lived in other states. I too have spent a ridiculous amount of time in the Colorado high country. I have only had two ticks manage to burrow in. Outside of the first few weeks in June, people are
typically good spending time anywhere in the state without too much worry regarding ticks. The mosquitos as you know as a local can be voracious in certain high country wilderness areas. especially next to lakes, stream bed. Even then it's far from the Deep South/Midwest or Eastern US or for that matter places like Montana. Never seen a scorpion here, but I hear they exist in the the lower South East part of the state and remote Western slope locations. You are correct, watch out for the black widow; have been bit. That isn't fun.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've seen tarantulas down on the southeastern plains and in Pueblo. They were large enough to give me the "jeepers creepers." I've never seen a scorpion, although I hear they exist out here. I have never seen a tick or leech anywhere in this state, and we are out in the mountains almost every weekend in the summer.

There are bugs in Colorado, but the dry climate and cold winters keep them manageable. Throw on some mosquito spray if you are walking about in the evenings in areas with water or trees and you should be good to go.

If you live east of I-25 and leave a light on outside in the summer you will likely have a good congregation of bugs, moths, mosquitoes etc on calm and rain free nights from about mid May until the first frost in the fall.

However, be assured that bugs in Colorado are nothing like in the Southeastern US with fire ants, hissing flying palmetto bugs, scorpions, centipedes, etc.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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Default No real pests

I have to chime in here, cause this was a minor reason of our relocation. We are moving from the east coast, yup I agree, no real pests.

My personal theory behind all the outdoor activity in Denver is that other than those annoying moths, there are no real experience destroying bugs (my VA house has mosquitoes, flies, etc. so you cant go outside, plus cockroaches, or "palmetto bugs" mice/rats, and worse...)

One of the awesome benefits of being in a semiarid climate. Although, its also why we don't have much water and few trees. Pro/con, for folks who wanna have dinner on the back patio... its a super pro for me.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:19 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Bugs! You betcha.

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