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Old 10-22-2013, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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You can't beat Las Vegas for that. Look at the precipitation totals and there's your key! 4 inches of precipitation, or less, a year here. Haven't been bitten by a mosquito or gnat here in 17 years. 3 years in Phoenix (7-8 inches of precipitation a year) no mosquito bites either. Don't know about Tucson, as their precipitation totals around 11 inches. Could be a minor problem there!

Not only no mosquito's here, but no woodticks, termites and very, very few flies. This year, 3 flies flew into my house, and given they're such a rarity, you don't even want to kill them. You want to adopt them and make pets of them!

One of the luxuries of living in the desert! Coming from mosquito-infested MN, ah!
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:51 AM
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No mosquitoes, but plenty of black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, and scorpions.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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I would say the South has the most bugs, especially near the marshes and water.

Houston is a large city and has a lot of roaches and mosquitoes. The roaches get into your trash/garage at night. I've seem them camping out on peoples sprinklers too. I guess they like the water.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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You can't beat Las Vegas for that. Look at the precipitation totals and there's your key! 4 inches of precipitation, or less, a year here. Haven't been bitten by a mosquito or gnat here in 17 years. 3 years in Phoenix (7-8 inches of precipitation a year) no mosquito bites either. Don't know about Tucson, as their precipitation totals around 11 inches. Could be a minor problem there!

Not only no mosquito's here, but no woodticks, termites and very, very few flies. This year, 3 flies flew into my house, and given they're such a rarity, you don't even want to kill them. You want to adopt them and make pets of them!

One of the luxuries of living in the desert! Coming from mosquito-infested MN, ah!
If we are only talking about mosquitos and flying insects, this is true. Tucson is the same as Phoenix in this aspect.

But the amount of big spiders (ones that are bigger than a dime ok because there's a lot of those) I've ran into in my own bathroom is more than both hands and feet could count. Having self-diagnosed arachnophobia this was a struggle. I have been oddly blessed to say I very rarely see scorpions, and have only seen two in my lifetime since I've grown up and still live in Arizona. Oh, and did I mention ants? Especially fire ants...

If we want to rule out those poisonous spiders and scorpions (and annoying ants), pick somewhere a little colder, like San Francisco or perhaps SLC...
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Rattlesnakes in Las Vegas? Someone's got Las Vegas confused with rattle-snake infested Phoenix!
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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Rattlesnake infested? Ever been to Phoenix? I would think not. You do not see rattlesnakes unless you live way out in desert areas on the out skirts. It's funny. Some people actually think rattlers are just slithering along major streets. Like you could be downtown and have to dodge a snake to get into a building. Funny stuff.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I lived in Phoenix for 3 years, and I'd occasionally see pictures/stories in the newspapers about some snake making their way into someone's garage or patio. Have never seen that in Las Vegas.

I worked in a chiropractic clinic there, and there was one patient who lived north of Lincoln Drive somewhere, and she claimed she shot 18 snakes one year in that neighborhood!

There's a book you can buy here in Las Vegas called: 50 Hikes Within 50 miles of Las Vegas. I've done a number of hikes in the valley and yet to see a snake or hear of anyone who has seen one. I believe it has to do with our 4 inches or less of precipitation a year, even too dry for snakes!

Phoenix gets more precipitation than we do, perhaps that's why!
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Rattlesnake infested? Ever been to Phoenix? I would think not. You do not see rattlesnakes unless you live way out in desert areas on the out skirts. It's funny. Some people actually think rattlers are just slithering along major streets. Like you could be downtown and have to dodge a snake to get into a building. Funny stuff.
I've had the pleasure of killing one or two each summer at my grandmother's house, who basically shares a fence with the reservation in Scottsdale. That's about as far in town as I've ever seen a rattlesnake. But my NY roommate thinks Phoenix is snake-infested as well and it's funny. Sure, AZ has some snakes, but Phoenix? We aren't the Wild Wild West anymore.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Outer Space
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Another vote for the Seattle area. I hike a lot and I have never picked up ticks out here. Mosquitoes are not bad at all. You have to go into the mountains to find biting flies. I have stepped on slugs. It is a lot like stepping a on a packet of ketchup. Slugs are everywhere here, should be the state rep animal for western Washington.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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Another vote for the Seattle area. I hike a lot and I have never picked up ticks out here. Mosquitoes are not bad at all. You have to go into the mountains to find biting flies. I have stepped on slugs. It is a lot like stepping a on a packet of ketchup. Slugs are everywhere here, should be the state rep animal for western Washington.
Poor slugs.
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