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Old 02-17-2007, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Thank you very much. I'm glad to hear about the low mosquito population. Living in WI there's quite a lot, so it'd be nice to live somewhere where there aren't that many.
I understand. I lived for awhile in Columbia County, WI, and there were a lot of swamps around the area. All summer long, I could not set foot outside my door -- even in the middle of the day -- without being swarmed by mosquitoes. I did not enjoy that, either.

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Old 02-17-2007, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Exclamation Spiders!!

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i see about 2-3 copperheads and rattle snakes a year(but i am actually looking for them) and they have never tried to bite me unless i got to close so just dont mess with it(DONT KILL IT!!) i have never saw and brown recluse spiders or black widows spiders in east TN and believe me i have looked. some people say the have a problem with scorpions but the scorpions here Plain Eastern Stripeless Scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus) and the Striped Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) arent really all that dangerous unless you are allergic to the venom.but i doubt you have any real problems with anything like this if you live in the city
Thanks for the info, don't have much of a problem with snakes, but am not looking for them. The brown recluse spiders I have a problem with. I lived in Oklahoma at one point which is infested with them and was bitten by a spider. Though its not sure if it was a brown recluse, but I had blood poisoning from it, was in severe pain, and had to have a little bit of skin removed where the bite was. The apt I lived in had an infestation of them. Anyways, I like to know what bugs and such I will be dealing with. Hopefully, i won't have any run ins with them.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I HATE crickets! Die crickets! Die! Die! There are no good crickets. There are no moderate crickets. There are just evil, speedy, noisy as all get out when they get inside your home crickets. I hope the Tennessee brown recluse spiders and the copperheads and the coyotes like to eat crickets. I hope the fire ants carry crickets back to their big mound ant holes and suffocate crickets. I hope Tennessee bats carry them to their caves and uhhhh, hang upside down with their crickets until they get dizzy, sick and die. I hope the biggest community of crickets dwell in tornado alley. I hope there is some Tennessee Cricket Flinging Festival that barbecues crickets. I think there should be Cricket Hunting Season. I hope we test nuclear weapons on crickets. I think we should drop crickets with little parachutes on our middle east enemies and let them drive those people nuts.

That being said, I have no problem with crickets that stay outdoors.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I gather that you might have an issue with crickets?
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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LauraC....Does this mean you won't like the Cricket stew special down at the local TN restaurant???? J/K hehehehehehehe
You mentioned fire ants. I have not seen a single fire ant mound since moving to TN. Do they have them in Oak Ridge? I can't STAND those things!
Also, I have never had a cricket in my house while in TN. However the night I woke up to go to the little girls room and found a opossum in there sitting on the shelf was an interesting night! LOL!!! Nope, not joking on this one. ( and no, I did not have an outhouse heehhehehe)
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You mentioned fire ants. I have not seen a single fire ant mound since moving to TN. Do they have them in Oak Ridge? I can't STAND those things!

I don't know. I know they have them in North Carolina. To be honest, I never heard of fire ants before researching places to live in the South. I just assumed they were in Tennessee, too.

Also, I have never had a cricket in my house while in TN.

Well, may you never have one in your home. It's why I dread August. I have found living up a flight of stairs helps. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to find that there is some mutant stair-climbing cricket strain somewhere in in the US.


However the night I woke up to go to the little girls room and found a opossum in there sitting on the shelf was an interesting night!

If they eat crickets, they are okay in my book.
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Yes, they have fire ants in Tennessee. Well, that's what they claim. I've heard lots of people complain about them and there is all that fire ant stuff at Walmart for them. Still, I have yet to actually see a fire ant. Lots of regular ants, but no fire ants.

Now Florida, that is THE place for fire ants. I lived there for nine years, and being the bright individual that I am, was constantly getting bit by them.

Oh, and I have got to know, how the heck did you get rid of the possum?
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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He was small. We threw a towel over him, picked him up and put him back outside. We think he came in the drier vent. Put a large holed screen (Chicken Wire) in the vent, He never came back, but boy, it was a long time before I just walked into the bathroom without looking first! LOL
I have the picture of him somewhere, I will dig it out and post it hehehehhee.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Default Get a cat that hates them, too!

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I HATE crickets! Die crickets! Die! Die! There are no good crickets. There are no moderate crickets. There are just evil, speedy, noisy as all get out when they get inside your home crickets. I hope the Tennessee brown recluse spiders and the copperheads and the coyotes like to eat crickets. I hope the fire ants carry crickets back to their big mound ant holes and suffocate crickets. I hope Tennessee bats carry them to their caves and uhhhh, hang upside down with their crickets until they get dizzy, sick and die. I hope the biggest community of crickets dwell in tornado alley. I hope there is some Tennessee Cricket Flinging Festival that barbecues crickets. I think there should be Cricket Hunting Season. I hope we test nuclear weapons on crickets. I think we should drop crickets with little parachutes on our middle east enemies and let them drive those people nuts.

That being said, I have no problem with crickets that stay outdoors.
Laura, all you need is a cat that feels the same way! When we lived in Maine, we had a cat that hated crickets. At night you could hear her running, pouncing, and sliding on the wide-board wood floors. In the morning the floors would be littered with wiry cricket legs!
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Old 02-17-2007, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I HATE crickets! Die crickets! Die! Die! There are no good crickets. There are no moderate crickets. There are just evil, speedy, noisy as all get out when they get inside your home crickets. I hope the Tennessee brown recluse spiders and the copperheads and the coyotes like to eat crickets. I hope the fire ants carry crickets back to their big mound ant holes and suffocate crickets. I hope Tennessee bats carry them to their caves and uhhhh, hang upside down with their crickets until they get dizzy, sick and die. I hope the biggest community of crickets dwell in tornado alley. I hope there is some Tennessee Cricket Flinging Festival that barbecues crickets. I think there should be Cricket Hunting Season. I hope we test nuclear weapons on crickets. I think we should drop crickets with little parachutes on our middle east enemies and let them drive those people nuts.

That being said, I have no problem with crickets that stay outdoors.
LOL, too funny, thats how i feel about brown recluse spiders!
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