@xedrothi In Wisconsin we had horse flies and deer flies, so while you were trying to get that deer fly untangled from your hair where it was biting into your scalp, one of those lumbering horse flies would come by and get you on the leg or arm. We would go through cases of OFF in the summer.
@llangley interesting. I would love for it to be something that qualifies as “beneficial” but I don’t think this is that. Longer antennae and a small waist. I’m afraid it’s a carpenter ant looking for a new colony. This one is in the house, and not in groups. Doesn’t really fly.
I cannot believe nobody mentioned COCKROACHES – bad in the south, bad in the north, bad in …
I hate those damn things – the main bug I feel exactly zero remorse for killing on sight. Worse inside the house than out; you cannot say that about those other insects.
Mosquitoes are in second place, but at least I can shelter in place from them, if I keep the doors closed.
I also hate when my house smells like HotShot, Raid, or whatever, but I will pay that price.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cockroaches carry bacteria that, if deposited on food, can cause salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus.
According to the World Health organization (WHO), cockroaches have been known to play a role as carriers of intestinal diseases, such as dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid"
@phendrick Get cats. Roaches are cat toys. They only try to eat them once, but they will still kill them playing with them. One night I woke up in the middle of the night trying to figure out what was going on with a cat being an asshole running around my bed, jumping off and then jumping back on. The cat was carefully playing with a roach. It would manage to get off the bed, she’d go after it, carefully pick it up in her mouth, put it back on the bed… rinse and repeat. I grabbed it bare handed and threw it out the window. Cat was pissed at me. Usually though I’ll find dead ones. Actually it only took 11 months to get rid of them all (except for a stray one here and there on rare occasion - likely comes in under the door) where I live now. Makes me very happy.
@Kidsandliz I have cats. They don’t seem to care. (Maybe I should quit feeding them? Would that make them more interested?) And they tend to be outnumbered.
My biggest predator of roaches is spiders. I try to carry on a truce with them, as long as they don’t decorate my corners with webs too much. I hate spraying for roaches, knowing that is probably also killing the spiders.
@mediocrebot Yeah seriously. Somewhere a while back I posted a photo here of the front of my car that looked like it was a total wall of love bugs. Thank god for those water pressure pipes they have in the turnpike rest areas. I’d have to pull off at every one of them just to clean off the windshield.
I used to take adjudicated youth canoeing across the state of FL and fire ant hills could be knee high. And there were tons of them. Fortunately if you accidentally sat down without, for example, seeing one on the other side of the tree (she speaks from experience) you could run to the water (the hell with the gaitors and cottonmouths and water moccasins in there) to get them off by drowning them. Of course by then you have tons of bites that sting like hell.
@mehcuda67 If you would like 2 recipes for cooking spiders I can give you the ones I got from my daughter. I then asked her if she told me about this because she wanted spiders for dinner (wondering how I’d tell PetSmart or Petco that I wanted their biggest and juiciest tarantula and no tarantula food). Fortunately for me she said, “Spider no good mom. In this country we have chicken.”.
Of course one day early on she came home having caught a wasp by the wings and was expecting me to put it in dinner.
And then there was the time I showed her Angeline Jolie’d and son Maddox’s spider dinner in Cambodia. She said, “Poor Cambodians are very smart mom. They trick the stupid foreigners into thinking spider is what rich people eat instead of just the poor people who have to eat them because they don’t have a choice.”.
But I can tell you how to stir fry them or stick cook them. Just let me know.
Yeah, Mosquitoes, Cockroaches…
What about Fire Ants? Not just regular ants, these guys are aggressive biters. And they coordinate in swarms by use of pheromones. You aren’t crazy, they all do bite at about the same time; they did a 3-2-1 GO!
I flip-flopped between mosquito and gnat. I think a gnat is more annoying than a mosquito, but it is relatively harmless, while mosquitoes bite and can even kill you in extreme cases. I also think a single gnat is more annoying than a mosquito because you can kill one mosquito relatively simply. Gnats are much harder to kill
1 gnat is more annoying than 1 mosquito
swarm of mosquitoes more annoying than swarm of gnats