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Old 07-18-2010, 04:19 PM
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i feel you man i don't like my dragonflies either but all i can find on the net is people complaining about the people who don't want them around
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:06 PM
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I can understand how the OP feels. It isnt my way but her feelings are valid.

i did not seem to have many dragon flies in the last few years so I was so excited when they appeared to be out in force this year. I have been delighted with them !
I have lots of bugs in my yard and a few black snakes. The snakes scare me to death when I come up on them but we coexist....<s>
And, I posted earlier, I have an infestation of grasshoppers this year. I thought I had nipped it in the bud earlier in the year with some sevin dust but, I guess not. I jhave tons of bees and wasps but not many birds for some reason. We do have some cats in the neighborhood.

Good luck with your problem.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:26 PM
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I have noticed there are more of them here this year,too (eastern KS), but I am wondering if they also eat squash bugs? Haven't seen many of them yet (knock on wood!!)! Wish they'd do a better job on the dang 'skeeters to LOVE to eat me alive when I water my plants!!

To the OP, can you try to get some pictures of them? I am wondering if they are a different variety, never seen any the size of hummingbirds.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:53 PM
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Dragonflies always creeped me out too, I was under the impression that they sting and plus they're very large. There's a lot of them this year for some reason.
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:33 PM
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Dragonfly nymphs are regularly raised and sold for skeeter control around wetlands and ponds. Maybe the Op can catch them and sell them to neighborhoods that have a skeeter problem; a kind of dragonfly relocation project.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:07 PM
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The dragonflies don't bother me... spiders leave me alone but they are in "my" space... the dragonflies also leave me alone... the only thing that attack me are the gnats and the wasps...
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:02 PM
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I am having a hard time relating to the OP because dragonflies are harmless - they swarm around me every time I step out the door - we have dozens swarning at any one time, but I do have some bug phobias myself, so I can sorta understand One I can't understand is my aunt who is simply terrified of butterfles - runs in panic, needs desensitization training from a therapist - but butterflies?? So, considering that, I guess I can understand the dragonfly phobia.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:29 PM
Location: NJ/SC
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I didn't know this thread was still going. Well, here's an update....they are still around and more than when I first posted. A few people said they will be gone in a few days but no such luck. We do spray the yard ourselves and have a pest control guy spray every couple months so don't know how much more we can do to get rid of their food source. I like the suggestions for the relocation plan, LOL but don't think that's going to happen. Some people are saying they can't understand but again I will say that I like to sit and walk outside w/o bugs flying around my head and sitting on me. Not sure people commenting are getting how many, how big or annoying they are. We also have a lot of grasshoppers this year as someone else said, so don't know what's up with that. Every year is different here.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:47 PM
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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My turkeys find them tasty.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:32 PM
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Guess they will be gone by the first frost. I am not really crazy about flying insects. Dragonflies are pretty and low on my list of "scary bugs" --- it's Cicada's that really freak me out - just typing the word makes the hair on my arms stand on end. yuck.
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