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Mosquito swarms

Posted on 2/16/24 at 6:58 am
Posted by lilsnappa
Red Stick
Member since Mar 2006
1792 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 6:58 am
In BR - last couple of days have had highest concentration of mosquitos I’ve ever experienced around my neighborhood.

Anyone else noticed this?

Gonna soak the whole place talstar this weekend, but it feels like a useless endeavor at this point.
Posted by bayoubengals88
LA
Member since Sep 2007
18816 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 7:09 am to
Are you talking about the big ones that aren’t really mosquitos?
That’s all I’ve noticed.
Posted by Grassy1
Member since Oct 2009
6241 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 7:10 am to
Same in Ascension parish. I sprayed two heavy doses of Talstar last weekend. Pretty much zero impact.
Posted by lilsnappa
Red Stick
Member since Mar 2006
1792 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 7:16 am to
No - not the long legged ones, actual mosquitos.

Although I believe those eat mosquitos which may correlate.
This post was edited on 2/16/24 at 7:17 am
Posted by Pezzo
Member since Aug 2020
1911 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 7:26 am to
they don't eat mosquitos. dragonflies do though.
Posted by Clevername35069
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2024
19 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 7:58 am to
I was going to post this. I thought I was going crazy. I’ve asked a few people if they were having that problem and they replied, no. I thought it was just our street. They are crazy bad.
Posted by Snarfin
Member since Dec 2023
12 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 8:21 am to
I started to notice how bad they were Tuesday evening, went to brush my horses when I got home and they were all over them. Started noticing the bats coming back out too.

going to hang some of those spartan tubes in the trees out back this evening to see if that helps.
Posted by Schmelly
In Paul Allen's Head
Member since Jan 2014
14401 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 8:22 am to
quote:

they don't eat mosquitos. dragonflies do though.

Then why are they called mosquito hawks? My kids call them “Fred” lol
Posted by Snarfin
Member since Dec 2023
12 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 9:17 am to
Permethrin has helped around my place
Posted by jfw3535
South of Bunkie
Member since Mar 2008
4624 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 9:40 am to
I opened my shades yesterday to look out the window and had dozens and dozens of mosquitos buzzing around the window. I have never experienced that before, especially this early in the year.
Posted by Pezzo
Member since Aug 2020
1911 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 10:12 am to
who knows? i call them mosquito hawks myself.
This post was edited on 2/16/24 at 10:14 am
Posted by Zander Kelley
Member since Jan 2024
346 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 11:16 am to
I killed at a minimum 40 this am with a fly swatter on back patio and side door. WTH? I've never seen such a high concentration. Even when I was walking the dog they were everywhere above the grass. Did they come out of hibernation due to the warmer temps?
Posted by Zander Kelley
Member since Jan 2024
346 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 11:18 am to
Bats eat mosquitos so that's a plus
Posted by Zander Kelley
Member since Jan 2024
346 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 11:19 am to
They say this but I have never seen a dragonfly eat a mosquito as long as I've been alive
Posted by Rusted
Member since Oct 2020
48 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 7:48 pm to
We've always called them mosquito hawks too, but they are actually crane flies. They are harmless, and the adults don't even eat. Their purpose is to mate and lay eggs.
Posted by 98eagle
Member since Sep 2020
1944 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 9:13 pm to
quote:

They say this but I have never seen a dragonfly eat a mosquito as long as I've been alive


I don't think seeing a dragonfly eating a mosquito would be easy to see. I know they eat them though. We live on a lake with a creek on each side of our property feeding the lake. When we bought the place I was worried about mosquitoes. Fortunately we have lots of dragonflies in the summer. We only very rarely see a mosquito or get bitten by one. Dragonflies are my favorite insect by far. We have a lot of things they like to hunt from around our house like curved trellis hooks that hold hummingbird feeders, wind chimes, bird houses, etc. Dragonflies will perch on them, and every 10 seconds or so they fly away super fast and come back. I know they are dealing death to some unsuspecting insect like a fly or mosquito or nat, etc. They must have voracious appetites. They are so bad a$$. I don't think we could ever have a beehive. It's fun watching them on the shoreline chasing each other in aerial dog fights.
Posted by Neauxla_Tiger
Member since Feb 2015
1870 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 9:43 pm to
quote:

They say this but I have never seen a dragonfly eat a mosquito as long as I've been alive


I seen't it. And it's badass.

Was chilling by the pool one weekend and there was a dragonfly on the ground by me. Saw some poor, unsuspecting mosquito start buzzing around right in the dragonfly's line of sight, so I just watched and waited. He stalked him for a while, but then suddenly he made his move and nabbed that son of a bitch in a blink.

And to the OP, yeah I noticed a shite ton of mosquitoes this morning. There's one or two following me in my house now. Wish I had that dragonfly to watch over me as I sleep tonight
Posted by Pezzo
Member since Aug 2020
1911 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 6:52 am to
I sat and watched them over the summer while tending to my veggie garden. They definitely chase the unwanted bugs around.
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