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Old 05-03-2009, 04:22 PM
 
Location: El Paso
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Are there areas in or around CC, Port A, Portland that have fewer of the pesky critters or are they horrible everywhere during the summer? Does everyone use screened porches to be able to sit out in the evenings? Thanks in advance for any replies.
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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Well, as if today, and since last summer, we have not seen one of the "pesky critters" and we sit out on our porch almost every single morning and have a cup of coffee and almost every single evening to just chat before we retire at 11PM. Since we had our yard sprayed last April because we had tick problems with our little dogs, we have not seen a single wood tick as well. No spiders or scorpions in the 15 months in Corpus either.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Its not as bad on the island as it is further inland. I think this is mostly because there is a stronger wind on the island and less trees and brush for mosquitoes to breed in. Other than that, it can get pretty bad everywhere. Luckily it hasn't gotten bad yet.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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We haven't had any mostquitos because it hasn't rained. When it does rain they can be awful. We use a mosquito repellant when they're bad and don't sit outside much at all.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: El Paso
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Thanks for the info. It's funny to get such different replies from the same area. I gather living on the island the trade off is wind instead of mosquitoes.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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We live in or on Flour Bluff (depending on who you talk to). The pesky critters can be bad for a week after heavy rain but then they are gone again unlike Minnesota where there are pesky critters from the end of April to the end of September, every single evening.
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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A difference of 1/2-mile can make quite a difference. One must always remember that the U.S. Gulf Coast was practically uninhabitable until the advent of mosquito control. Yellow jack, yellow fever, malaria . . killed many hundreds, sometimes thousands in bad years. Cities and ports were quarantined.
Never take civilization for granted.

That said, yes, a screened porch is to be preferred (but itself presents problems with hurricane high winds, so build accordingly). One with removable screens might be best of all due to the pleasent winter months.

We find that a box fan resting on the floor pointing across ankles and knees supplements either overhead fans or an oscillating fan on pole. A dose of critter juice and you are good to go.

The knowledgeable talk of leaf-cutter ants and the readiness of snake bite anti-venom & snakeboots.
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