Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Swarming Culicidae

This is how bad the mosquitoes are in my area right now: County wages war on mosquitoes, The Galveston Daily News. Looks like I'll be wearing long sleeves and pants for Travis' birthday barbecue planned for Sunday. NOT FUN during hot weather, but better than the alternative. I have 7 mosquito bites on my feet alone. Then there's my legs. It is OUT OF CONTROL.

When I go out to my garage in the morning, there is an absolute swarm of mosquitoes around me. I have to unlock the door with a key so it takes me a moment. A painstakingly looong moment. As soon as I jump in the car, they run into my window. This morning it reminded me of some horror flick where the monsters are attacking the car, trying to get in to their prey. When I let Callaway out to go to the bathroom, I first spray him with bug repellent, then stand by the door to let him back in immediately when he returns. Then I have to spend 10 minutes smashing the mosquitoes that fly off of him. Callaway and the cats usually help by smashing the ones close to the ground. It looks like a massacre because of all the blood splatter. After the bulk are killed, I walk around with 409 and a paper towel to clean up the mess.

I remember when I was in college, I would sit in my car during lunch and watch students walk around the campus. It was always hilarious during the times of bad infestation. People would wildly flail their arms in front of them as they ran towards their destination. It may have been more funny to me since I made that same dance going to class every day.

I knew these bugs would be bad after all the rain we had last week, but this is insane.

3 comments:

Sara's Satire said...

I have mosquito bites all over as well, and poor Logan must have the sweetest blood in the entire world because he has more bites than can be counted. I put off on him and myself anytime we are stepping outside, and even though I cover the two of us from head to toe we still get bites. I try to just leave him inside when doing quick things, like running to my car, but he cries and it makes me so sad...oh yeah and the mosquito infestation also made it in the Houston Chronicle!!!

Nikki said...

I think this is the article Sara was talking about. We are being taken over! http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/features/5967137.html

Alexa said...

Man....I wonder if you got some fogger for Sunday if that would help? We have them in Seabrook, but it does not sound as bad. We have a guy that comes through the neighborhood twice a week. We are probably all gonna get cancer from it.......