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Old 01-13-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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Default Mosquitoes?

Does Arizona have mosquitos? We were there over christmas and never saw one buy. Here in Michigan, they get about as big as sparrows. I'm nearly phobic about them.

How about wasp nests, etc...

What is the biggest critter nuisance in the Phoenix area?
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Wilmington NC. (Ogden)
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i haven't seen any mosquitoes in the desert regions, I'm sure if there are bodies of water they exist.

We do have africanized bees, but it's rare. The biggest nuisance for me are house flies, but that should ease up when the 70,000+ cows that are about 3 miles away ship out this December. I wasn't all that thrilled to hear the dairy was going to become an industrial park, but it does have some perks!
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Does Arizona have mosquitos? We were there over christmas and never saw one buy. Here in Michigan, they get about as big as sparrows. I'm nearly phobic about them.

How about wasp nests, etc...

What is the biggest critter nuisance in the Phoenix area?
Interesting question, Hopsonkl.

By nature, Mosquitos prefer a moist damp climate and the Desert Southwest has the exact opposite except for during the Monsoons (mainly July and August). Then we do have a few Mosquitos but nothing compared to the East Coast and/or the Upper Midwest where they are HUGE (you compared them to Sparrows, I say Cats ( ) and ABUNDANT.

Overall, the bug problem is considerably less in Arizona.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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most certainly have mosquitos

in fact we get a fair amount of mosquito related disease such as west nile for people and heart worm for pets

however, I wouldn't say we have a mosquito problem .... i think i've seen 1 since i've been out here

it wasn't like my last weekend in MN when I was helping my buddy put in a fence .... i bathed in bug spray and the little critters were finding pieces of my clothing that were not doused in chemicals to wriggle themselves into

also not nearly the number of gnats or crawling bugs

there are bees for sure - not sure if I would say it's much better or worse than other places though

a couple times each year we have some issues with flies where I live, but it's generally short lived

i'd say most of our critters crawl on the ground as opposed to fly through the air
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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There are mosquitoes here. Each year the county reports cases of West Nile Virus. There is unfortunately a particular problem with green/abandoned pools due to the economy.

As to Africanized Bees I twice had to have hives removed from my previous house in NE Phoenix.

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Old 01-13-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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They're around. More so in the city, I think, because people leave things around that collect water and there have been many green pools the last couple years with the bust, too. They are virtually non-existent in the open desert and even in the mountains, you don't see them much it seems to me.

Certainly very few people use DEET preparations. I always get a kick out of visiting the U.P. and seeing all the bug sprays on display at the front of the store. Here, you gotta ask where they are (sporting goods section). We have sunscreen up front.

On a related note, dogs ticks are also pretty scarce - fleas even more. I never use dog tick drops on mine here. When I go to Oklahoma in the summer they get infested in about 5 minutes without it.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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What are mosquitos again??? LOL
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: On a Voyage Around the Sun
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Michigan mosquitos are a big as B-52s. My grandmother had a farm there and her electric bug zapper sounded like there was bacon frying. At night, we'd squish them when they landed on the walls and in the morning there would be little spots of blood all over the wall paper. Looked like a crime scene.

I haven't seen a mosquito in my three years here in the desert. Thank goodness. Recently had the bees making a huge honey comb on a water line in the neighborhood. That was actually kind of interesting though I feel sorry for the poor meter reader who found it. The really interesting thing to me is that a lot of my neighbors have horses and even some cattle, but I don't see nearly the number of flies I'd expect.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Black widows. You NEVER see them inside the house. They hang out in junk piles - things that don't get disturbed very often. So in the corner of the garage, maybe, or in the wood pile, for sure. But you'd have to be one lousy housekeeper to have one in your bed! Even if you come across one, they are a very lethargic and non-aggressive. Their presence is easy to spot because you see these ragged webs with white balls in them. I think you gotta be really dumb or drunk to get bit by a black widow.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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This was about 3 1/2 years ago when we lived in North Phoenix. That's the outside of our porch. I was glad I hadn't let our cat out in the morning! Very messy cleaning up dead bee's





This is from the inside, through the screen door. They weren't interested in us, thankfully.



As for mosquitoes, when my Mom lived next door to us I would get bitten on my feet. They were attracted to the water in her plant holders, very annoying.

I think the bigger nuisances are black widows and scorpions.
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