May 17, 2005, 8:02 PM
Post #10 of 22
I wouldn’t count on cold weather to kill mosquitoes. I lived for several decades in Alaska, there are 28 different types of mosquitoes there. We have mosquitoes from break up in the spring, until freeze up in the fall. The first mosquitoes seen in the spring are full grown adults, they seem to be bigger than adult mosquitoes seen later in the year, like mosquitoes on steroids. That is because they spent the winter frozen in a state of suspended animation. The cold doesn’t kill them, when they thaw they are healthy and active.
As several of the other posters have said, the amount of insect pests you have depends on where you live. Generally speaking, the closer you are to the country or undeveloped land, the more insects you will have. Garbage and raw sewage on the streets will contribute to the insect population too. Most, if not all Mexican cities and towns will have raw sewage on the streets during the rainy season.
This is because generally they do not have separate storm sewers in the towns here. Unlike the laws in The US, yard and roof drains are connected to the sanitary sewers. When it rains, the sewers in the streets overflow, and the streets flood carrying raw sewage on to the streets. Unlike in The US, manholes covers here are not solid, but have a circular row of holes that are about 2 inches in diameter in them which allows for the overflow. The sewage is highly diluted, but it is sewage none the less. A US Public health department would have a cat down here.
Most of us control the insect problem by having a “fumigator” come to our house and treating the house and yard. These guys don’t truly fumigate, they spray the place. You may need to try more than one fumigator until you find one that uses an effective insecticide with effects that last more than a couple of weeks.
Cats kill scorpions.
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