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Old 07-24-2007, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Great White North
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Ya we have foxes too. And its the same for us with wolves. People tell me we have them, but I've never seen one. Then again, I'm sure I would if I ventured into the northern lake country. Lots of bears, wolves and puma's etc. It's not uncommon to run into a bear up there. We have a park called Riding Mountain national park, and I ran into a bear and her cubs one time. I was only about 2 feet from my car and she was a good 20 feet away, so I was safe. We have moose and elk etc. Deer also of course. Beavers and otters.

We have the same yellow jackets. I call them just wasps. Some of my family say yellow jackets. And I've heard some say hornets too. They sting if you bother them and it hurts, but in general they won't sting unless you bother them. But they can be a bother themselves. If you are sitting on your deck and have something with sugar in it, look out. They just won't go away. And we can have super frigid weather for weeks and they still come back every year.

How long is the tick season in Mississippi? For us they are only spring and early summer. Which is still a great pain because spring is so nice. And if you like fishing, and there are about a million lakes here to fish, and you go into the brush, you'll be picking them off of you by the dozen.

How long have you lived in Mississippi?
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:11 PM
 
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In the southertn part of the state we have lots and lots of great big roaches. They come in under the doors and it is not unusual to see one crawl big as you please out of the fireplace and cross the floor while one is watching TV. Thus the regular spraying! We also have Lovebugs! They swarm and mate-thus the lovebug-at certain times of the year and sometimes are quite profuse and if you drive to the coastal area or come back north from there your car's front end will be loaded with them.
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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In the southertn part of the state we have lots and lots of great big roaches. They come in under the doors and it is not unusual to see one crawl big as you please out of the fireplace and cross the floor while one is watching TV. Thus the regular spraying! We also have Lovebugs! They swarm and mate-thus the lovebug-at certain times of the year and sometimes are quite profuse and if you drive to the coastal area or come back north from there your car's front end will be loaded with them.
so that's what was all over the windshield and front of the car when I came home Sunday. I tell ya, the windshield was so thick with bugs, and I can remeber a couple of them hitting the windshield, at first I thought it was birds because they were so big and what a huge thud sound they made when they hit!
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:32 PM
 
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Some in-the-know folks put a cover over the front of the car during this time--a shield made for the purpose. Cleaning the car after the onslaught can be a big job--as I guess you found out Aingel-Writer!
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Some in-the-know folks put a cover over the front of the car during this time--a shield made for the purpose. Cleaning the car after the onslaught can be a big job--as I guess you found out Aingel-Writer!
oh yes and since I was in my mom's car, she was none too happy to see it all buggy. LOL
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Great White North
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I just wikipedia-ed lovebug. Yikes. I read the article and it says that they can really be a pain, as you mentioned in the post. Bugs aren't too bad for cars here unless it is a dry season, and then we can have a lot of grasshoppers all over the grill. Big fat moths also can mess up the windshield.

So Tama, are the cockroaches a real problem if they get into your house? I've always assumed that once they get it, they can set up permanent residence in your house? Would a house cat prevent them from coming in? I assume not. The only insect that gets into our house is this tank looking little beetle we call the sow bug. They like moisture so they get into the basement and live under things that stay damp. Like I was framing my basement walls a couple of years ago, and in between the stacks of wood 2x4's, they'd always be there. But they are small and don't cause damage. And they stick to the basement, so you don't have to worry about them getting upstairs. I'd just tap them with the hammer and brush them off!

But we keep a dehumidifier running 24/7 now in the basement for moisture control, and it helps quite a bit. Plus if the basement is finished on the inside with rooms and flooring etc, they'll stay outside under cement pads and whatnot and not bother venturing in because there isn't enough moisture for them anymore. If you go outside and lift up a patio block, there'll be about a million of them under there. I shudder....
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I was born here in Mississippi, of course with jobs scarce when I was little, my family traveled to find work and I have lived in Indiana and in Michigan and in Arkansas. We didn't stay very long in either place and finally came back home and I lived here until I got married, dh was in the army so I relocated to Georgia where he was stationed.

After he got out, we moved back home to MS. We debated on moving to either North or South Caroliana, but decided home was calling. I've been in this town for many years, we built our home in 84 and I've been in it ever since.

With the announcment of Toyota building, actually it is 1.9 miles from my home, we have acquired property further away that we will eventually build on just to get away from the congestion. Yet, I love my home, where it is located and love living in my town, but, it will grow and I will hate that.
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Great White North
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Interesting. I've lived in Manitoba my whole life. I lived on a farm until I was about 13 and then we moved to another small town just outside of Winnipeg and lived there until I moved out. I have land out there now and plan to move back. Right now my wife and I live in Winnipeg, which is a city of about 700,000 people, and my home town is just outside so the commute isn't too bad if you work in the city.

I know how you feel about small town living. I really don't like the city. It's just to crowded. My lot here is 25 feet by 100 feet, so you can imagine how small my house must be. You can reach out a window and touch my neighbour's houses! But it's convenient at least. If you are interested I posted some pics on this website of some of my home town and surrounding area.

Gallery (broken link)
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Interesting. I've lived in Manitoba my whole life. I lived on a farm until I was about 13 and then we moved to another small town just outside of Winnipeg and lived there until I moved out. I have land out there now and plan to move back. Right now my wife and I live in Winnipeg, which is a city of about 700,000 people, and my home town is just outside so the commute isn't too bad if you work in the city.

I know how you feel about small town living. I really don't like the city. It's just to crowded. My lot here is 25 feet by 100 feet, so you can imagine how small my house must be. You can reach out a window and touch my neighbour's houses! But it's convenient at least. If you are interested I posted some pics on this website of some of my home town and surrounding area.

Gallery

What a beautiful setting. It looks so serene and calm and peaceful.

The nearest town to us is Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis Presley , and it is around 36,000 people. Our quaint town is one square mile and 144 voters. It is very rural, but easily within driving distance of Tupelo 15 min; Memphis Tn 1 hr. With the Toyota deal, we will grow our borders as well as commercial and residential and our town will change. I can and in fact just did, leave my home and leave the door wide open without locking it and without fear of someone breaking in if I am going to be gone for a short period of time.

We own 10 acres here in town, and 1 acre outside of town. The land surrounding us belongs to my father in law, around 30 acres. So, although we are insulated from having people build right next to us, the main highway is right in front of our home. This highway will eventually go into a 4-lane.

At the moment, it is 87 degrees with heat index of 95 and humidity of 63% and getting hotter. We are actually having a mild summer. LOL
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Great White North
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Oh, its very similar here. It is 32 (90) and humidity is 67%. It is also getting hotter. This is considered a bit of a heat wave for here. Although not nearly as hot as it CAN get. Normal for July is around the 25-28 range. There's supposed to be thunder storms today at some point, but you know how good they are at guessing the weather! A few weeks back we had an F4 tornado rip just north of my home town through a town called Elie Manitoba. No one was hurt, which is surprising for a twister that size, but it did do some damage. If you google Elie tornado youtube, you can see it.

Here I am talking about my home province in the mississippi forums. I suppose I shouldn't ramble like this!
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