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Old 02-26-2008, 07:46 PM
 
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Hi there -
I live up in NH, and every May while we have lovely weather, we have the worst biting, annoying little bugs - black flies. It makes it impossible to go outside for more than 10 minutes at a time. After Father's Day, when the black flies leave, the mosquitoes come out, and they're almost a relief.

We're thinking of moving to VA to escape the cold. Are there black flies or some kind of annoying little chigger like that down there?

THanks!
Karen
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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Yes there are many varmints like that here too. My main nememis is the Chigger, but he is fast being replaced by the Deer Tick a microscopic varmint that leaves a whelp for weeks, and if that doesnt get your interest up, now there is a mite that is just as ferocious named the Grass Mite. Mow your lawn and they will dine on your ankles and legs, and where ever else they desire.
Plus flies we call Mayflies and Horseflies and believe it or not, the least of your worries...mosquitoes...........you may be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire if you are moving to get away from pests....and I may have left out a couple more just as viscious......................and I had no sooner posted this than I remembered....

Hornets,wasps,YELLOWJACKETS,bees,small bees we southerners call sweatbees!
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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Actually based on the small-bird sized mosquitos I encountered in Maine and New Hampshire you have very little to worry about in Virginia.

I remember in Central Virginia in the summer that horse flies could get annoying and bite, but that only seemed to happen when we went swimming in lakes and they'd hover around our heads....
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Cleaveland, SC
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Keep in mind the further south you go the more bugs you have to deal with. Realistally, the only ones you have to deal with on a regular basis are the mosquitos and what we call "no-see-ums". Appropriately named because you can't see them but they can bite the fire out of you. They usually come out in the summer after a good rain shower. Mosquito repellant usually keeps them off of you. If you like tromping around in the woods or fields you will have to check yourself for ticks.

I'm in the process of moving to South Carolina where they have these bugs called palmetto bugs that look like a 2in. roach and they sometimes fly! The trade-off for the warm weather is worth it though.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:45 PM
 
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thanks guys - so I'm guessing if deer ticks are a big deal, Lyme Disease must be pretty rampant, am I right?
The black flies up here are the absolute worst, and the meanest little things - they sound a lot like the no-see-ums.
We also have lots of mosquitoes and horse flies - pain in the butt when you're trying to go for a walk...
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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Default Ticks

Log Cabin Mom

It seems the deer ticks have supplanted brown ticks in this area, the big (no pun intended) problem with the deer tick, sans Lyme disease is they are soo hard to find , impossible to see until too late. Brown ticks of course are very visible.

The deer ticks leave painful bites that last for weeks, seems the brown tick bites arent as bad. Of course none of the insects mentioned are as bad in urban areas as rural areas where deer pass by or browse in your yard. And grass mites, are fazed by Off or bug repellent. I hate getting on the mower to mow due to them...maybe its me, seems I attract them more than other folks.

I used to like summer, but the deer ticks and grass mites in this area are much worse than chiggers and mosquitoes, now I put on insect repellant every day, which I don't think is healthy.

Give me winter anytime.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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we do have deerflies here nbut they are really only a problem in woodsy areas in the mornings and of course mosquitoes but with some citronella candles and bug spray its usually fine
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:01 AM
 
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Yes there are critters here in Va but the difference, I believe, is in the northern colder climates when the weather breaks, biting bugs become very ferocious because their window of opportunity to breed successfully is much narrower than in the south. Sort of a feeding frenzy.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:52 AM
 
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Depends the part of VA. you are talking about...I live in Fredericksburg and have no problems with
bugs..
RTR
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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Oh god, blackflies. I'm from Michigan originally, and I'm a biologist by trade, so I spend a LOT of time outside. NOTHING is worse than being outside during blackfly hatch. You've got your long-sleeves and your pants tucked into your socks to ward off ticks, but that just invites blackflies to find a nice place to snuggle in and bite the crap out of you.

Last year, I managed to catch the blackfly hatch in both the lower peninsula and the upper. Lucky me!

So far the biggest thing I've run into in Virginia is ticks. I have yet to run into chiggers (although I did get a pretty mild selection last time I was cutting wood in Michigan), and the mosquitoes are much less voracious than they are back home.
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