or The Ugly Side of Spring Down the Bayou!
This is under the awning at my front door. Do you have any idea what they are?
I don’t know about where you live, but we are being invaded by these things we call blind mosquitoes. I kid you not. Their real name is aquatic midge, but no matter what you call them, they are ANNOYING. They arrive by the millions and cover every surface available, and this year we seem to have a bumper crop of them.
At night, they flock to any light, including windows and doors. So, when you open your door (day or night) to go in, about 1000 come in with you. There’s no way to avoid it, either. Once inside, they hang around the light fixtures, ceilings, get caught in the spider webs you didn’t know you had, and basically land all over anything white (like my countertops)
where I captured a close-up of this one for you. Yes, they do resemble mosquitoes, but no, they don’t bite or suck blood like regular mosquitoes, but they do bring about reactions in people with allergies and asthma. Wheezing anyone?
They SWARM like honey bees and then hang around until they die. But they don’t just die. Their bodies sort of stick to whatever they land on, leaving behind this oily mess after they die that sticks like glue. No kidding. So now my beautiful paint job at the camp is being marred by these pests, especially the porch ceiling, where it’s nearly impossible to scrub them off without
A. Breaking your neck from bending your head so far back
B. Scraping off the paint because of the force needed to remove their remains.
C. Realizing you’re too old to do overhead work any more without pulling your shoulder out of socket or worse.
We haven’t had much rain, so I don’t know why they are so abundant this year. Has anyone read anything about them recently in this area?
And if the midges weren’t bad enough, the carpenter bees have made their appearance, drilling holes in the porch rafters. It’s nothing to have one fly in your face while walking across the porch.
See the round holes in the 2×4? They drill their way up in there and lay their eggs. I’m not going to mention to you what kind of sport my kids have had for the past 13 years with tennis rackets and these bees! LOL!
Can you tell what this is? It happened over night. It’s oak tree pollen on the hood of my truck.
Gnats. Midges. Carpenter bees. Pollen.
And today I took my first deposit check for a rental at Camp Dularge!!!
Who cares about all those pesky varmints, anyway?
Spring has sprung down the bayou, folks!