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Old 01-14-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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mosquitoes - not so bad
gnats - pretty bad on hot, muggy days
stinkbugs - awful last year, but much better this year
ticks - horrible - you will always have to check yourself and your pets after walking in the woods or tall grass

All of these, though, are no comparison to the 17-year cicadas. Hang around the DC area for another 10 years and you will see a plague........
And there's the traffic, high prices, unfriendly people, floods, snowstorms, open carry guns. Why would anyone live here? Now I'm afraid to go for my walk!
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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Has anyone else noticed that mosquitos largely ignore white people but go aggressively after everyone else? . I.e., mosquitos who had a nose for Germans or Irish probably starved to death real quick.

I wish that were true for me! I am of Irish, Welsh, and British descent and I am a MAJOR mosquito magnet. In fact, if I am outside with a group of people, they might get a bite or two each while I will get a dozen or more. I wear bug spray whenever I venture outside (even to get my mail) during the summer, but I still always have a minimum of 20 mosquito bites.



OP-- is there a mosquito "problem" here? No. Are there mosquitos? Yes. There is a very wet area in the neighborhood-owned land behind my house, which I think is part of what contributes to my personal issue with mosquito bites. MOST people, though, do not have nearly the same issue.
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I wish that were true for me! I am of Irish, Welsh, and British descent and I am a MAJOR mosquito magnet.
Me too! I'm a European mutt--blonde haired, blue eyed, and red skinned in the summer (mix of sun burns and mosquito bites )
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Well, given the experiences of Kutra, Patriot, and CaliTerp, there goes my theory!
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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When we first moved here they found me really tasty. Now, not so much. I'm not sure if I should feel insulted.

ps. FWIW I'm Irish but not sure how helpful that is considering I've been both a magnet and a non-magnet.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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My dr said that mosquoitos might be more attracted to you based on what you eat. If you eat a lot of sweets, the you smell sweet, and they love that sugary smell. If you eat a lot of fatty foods, then you smell kind of like butter which I assume they would also like. And then I would think if you smoke a lot of cigarettes, they wouldn't like that so much. My dr told me to cut down on sweets if I wanted to be less "attractive" to mosquitoes.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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My dr said that mosquoitos might be more attracted to you based on what you eat. If you eat a lot of sweets, the you smell sweet, and they love that sugary smell. If you eat a lot of fatty foods, then you smell kind of like butter which I assume they would also like. And then I would think if you smoke a lot of cigarettes, they wouldn't like that so much. My dr told me to cut down on sweets if I wanted to be less "attractive" to mosquitoes.
I chug coffee like it's water. Wonder if that helps repel 'em.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I'm a white Euro-mutt who finds mosquitoes to be the most intolerable part of the summer here. If I bought another house, it would have a screened-in porch. I can get 15 bites just going from the house to the car. My observation is that women are more pestered and that diet doesn't matter very much if at all. The situation is much better in Pennsylvania and I enjoy my summer evenings there a lot more.

With the Asian Tigers, it's hard to eliminate the habitat. They can reproduce with a bottlecap of water. I think English ivy, as a habitat for mosquitoes worsens the problem. I've wondered about trying the mosquito traps.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Or you get highly caffeinated skeeters. Now there's a scary thought!
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I think English ivy, as a habitat for mosquitoes worsens the problem.
English ivy is a noxious weed whose evil is only eclipsed by that of its uroshiol-containing brethren. It's taking over most of the parks in Arlington and well on the way to killing off many of the trees. And it's hard to get rid of. (I cleared our yard of it by hand, but it was pretty backbreaking. [I refuse to use chemicals. There are enough weird-looking people in the world already.])
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