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Old 08-25-2019, 11:06 PM
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Hong Kong's long, hot, humid summers seem perfect for breeding mosquitoes, and they thrive in rural areas, but out of the three or four months I stayed there during various summers, I did nearly all my walking around urban areas and can't remember being bit by a single mosquito.

Apparently urban Hong Kong is so packed with skyscrapers and so completely paved over with concrete and asphalt that mosquitoes don't stand a chance. Anti-mosquito precautions are taken very seriously in Hong Kong. I'm thinking places like Downtown Miami are probably similar.

On the other hand, over here in California, during our bone-dry summers, I got four mosquito bites on my feet this past month.

Moral: You can have very hot, humid summers and still hardly get any mosquito bites as long as you stay in the concrete jungle.
You can have bone-dry summers but still get bitten by mosquitoes if you happen to be around stagnant water.

It's not the dew point but the stagnant water that breeds mosquitoes.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:15 PM
Location: Seattle
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Off topic, but I know in some Chinese cities like Nanjing, the mosquitoes fly into apartment buildings when the lights are on, because they've "evolved" to optimize the possibility of finding prey (humans) in their natural habitat (when they're at home).

The Yangtze Valley seems to be more at-risk for malaria than the South China coast. Not sure if this is due to natural geography (rugged mountainous coastal areas = less potential for mosquito breeding?), or possibly a more urbanized population...
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Old Today, 09:48 AM
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Friends live in CA near Orange County inland and this yr particularly lots of mosquitoes. They haven't seen any stagnant water but for some reason more bites than usual. This is a hot and dry climate so no stagnant water nearby. North GA by the lake the mosquitoes are bad. You go out for a few minutes without any Deet and you are covered with bites. Friends in SO CA say the closer you are to the beach the less mosquito bites you get, they say they are worse inland and the inland variety of moquitoes you don't see they are invisible so small. Deet skin cream seems to be the best at keeping them off the skin and clothing sprayed with Deet.
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Old Today, 10:05 AM
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I live in Orange County 12 miles inland, and haven't seen a single mosquito this year. I may or may not have gotten one mosquito bite (it may have something else, I don't know what bit me). I would not jump to conclusions about what is doing the biting unless you actually see it, and I'm not buying the "so small they are invisible" line. Are they smaller than fleas? Because fleas are pretty tiny but I have certainly seen them.

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