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Old 01-20-2023, 06:14 PM
 
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40s-50s good if you're running a marathon. It's good if you need to wear a heavy uniform, costume, or protective gear. I keep hearing about people who prefer those temperatures even indoors, but I have yet to step inside a house that was kept this cold by choice.
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Old 01-20-2023, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Libelińće, north Slovenia
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40s-50s good if you're running a marathon. It's good if you need to wear a heavy uniform, costume, or protective gear. I keep hearing about people who prefer those temperatures even indoors, but I have yet to step inside a house that was kept this cold by choice.
Not cold at all, but very much comforting. Maybe cold for American man only.
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Old 01-20-2023, 06:53 PM
 
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Not cold at all, but very much comforting. Maybe cold for American man only.
Not cold but it's bland and not ideal range. A warm snowy day is better than 45. It's good for some things that I mentioned. The best day is low 55-65 with the high 80-85. I like the relaxing feeling from the sunny hot weather. It feels like time slows down a little bit.
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Old 01-20-2023, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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My dog picked up a tick this January here near Toronto, and the Canadian Arctic has loads of mosquitoes (at least during its summer), so it's gonna take a lot of cold to keep those at bay.

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My dog just had a tick too! Three of them actually. Hope yours is ok. We started ours on monthly anti-tick meds yesterday, let's hope that will do the trick.
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Old 01-20-2023, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Heat brings more life. You say that like it's a good thing. That "life" includes ticks, mosquitoes, wasps, and other dangerous or pesky bugs.
Wasps are at their worst here in winter - there are more around in summer, but nests are usually easy to spot and avoid in summer, whereas in winter,it's easy to inadvertently kick or stand on one.
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Old 01-21-2023, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma (unfortunately)
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My dog picked up a tick this January here near Toronto, and the Canadian Arctic has loads of mosquitoes (at least during its summer), so it's gonna take a lot of cold to keep those at bay.

As for other bugs though, it is true that a lot of them don't make it as far as Canada. There's not a lot of cockroaches or termites, or poisonous spiders. One weird thing though is that when I was in Long Point beach on Lake Erie, there were a lot of spotted cucumber beetles trying to bite me. I've seen them a bit in my vegetable garden (although mostly the striped cucumber beetles in my garden) but they never bit me there.

Generally I'm not too bothered by mosquitoes, wasps or gnats but I wouldn't want to be in an area with a lot of bugs that can make you sick (ex Lyme disease) or poison you.

If it's just a moderately strong thunderstorm, with some gusts and rain showers, I find those fun to watch, but yeah, not interested in any tornadoes.

What temperature do you heat your house to? Mine is usually around 62-65F. <60F would feel rather chilly to me.
Well, yes, I didn't mean to say that mosquitoes and ticks don't exist in cooler climates, just that when the weather is cold they aren't around. Once it gets anywhere near below freezing all of the insects are nowhere to be found and things are peaceful.

It's a shame that your dog picked up a tick in January. Climate change is wrecking havoc. We hardly get any break from the insects down here in OK anymore because most of the winter is now highs in the 50s and 60s.

I don't control the house thermostat. My family keeps it warmer than I ever would. Right now it's set to 72F. To me that's absurd, as you're spending more money to heat it up, and 72F is warmer than I'd like it to be anyway by my standards. We previously had it set to 70F perhaps even 68F in the winter. I don't know why they're spending more money on heating. =/

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Not cold but it's bland and not ideal range. A warm snowy day is better than 45. It's good for some things that I mentioned. The best day is low 55-65 with the high 80-85. I like the relaxing feeling from the sunny hot weather. It feels like time slows down a little bit.
And to me that's miserable. 80s are too hot for me. Lows in the mid 50s to 60s aren't cool enough to make a house feel good, either. So you don't recover at night from the heating up of the miserable 80s in the day.

I'm an odd ball, I know. Imagine how it feels to live in the US South and have temperature preferences like I do.

(Just to clarify, I'm referring to outdoor temperatures. Indoor air conditioner temperatures are quite different. 60F on an air conditioner feels like A LOT colder than the outdoor 60F.)

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Wasps are at their worst here in winter - there are more around in summer, but nests are usually easy to spot and avoid in summer, whereas in winter,it's easy to inadvertently kick or stand on one.
Hm... That's never been my experience. I don't run into anything related to wasps in the winter at all unless it gets warm enough for them to show up.
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Old 01-21-2023, 12:08 PM
 
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Wasp season in the places I've lived peaks in September and October. Same as hurricane season I guess
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Old 01-21-2023, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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Wasp season in the places I've lived peaks in September and October. Same as hurricane season I guess
I'd say it's August and September here. By October they tend to slow down, although still present.
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Old 01-21-2023, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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They do slow down in winter here, but are still active - when I was tree planting, I could disturb dozens of nests some days.

We tree planters joked that we were some of the fastest people over 20 metres carrying 60lbs of trees and a spade.
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