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Increase in Insects
updated: Mar 31, 2014, 3:00 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Has anyone noticed a lot of mosquito-like insects lately? We don't have any standing water but had loads of them this weekend. Don't know if they are mosquitoes or not.

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 COMMENT 507455 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 03:10 PM

Mosquito hawks- typical this time of year. Annoying but harmless.

 

 COMMENT 507456 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 03:10 PM

Swarming termites. It's the season.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 03:31 PM

Fleas...

 

 COMMENT 507469 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 03:31 PM

Not Mosquito Hawks. Those are huge and nothing like a mosquito. I think I know what you're talking about though OP. Strange looking and impossible to swat? I don't know what they are either but don't think they're mosquitos.

 

 COMMENT 507476 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 03:45 PM

what about the small black nearly triangular fly-type things, that are quite easy to swat. about 1/3 the size of a normal fly.

 

 COMMENT 507477 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 03:53 PM

We have them every year as well and we "flea bomb" the house a couple of times. Make sure if you use any airborne pesticides to ensure none of it comes in contact with your food or water supply. Also, be SURE to wipe down all of your counters and floors because the little ones can come in contact with the residue. I hate fleas, gnats, and mosquitoes, so every year we go through this whole process of "bombing" and cleaning - the cleaning takes up most of a day (this year we hired a house cleaner to do it...should have done that years ago!).

 

 COMMENT 507479 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 03:58 PM

You are probably talking about 'crane flys', long legs like a 'mosquito hawk' with wings, totaly harmless, birds love em

 

 COMMENT 507481P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 04:01 PM

they look like gnats to me, hundreds of them in my house every day.

 

 COMMENT 507486 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 04:19 PM

I noticed the same thing.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 04:28 PM

Watch out for them spiders..

 

 SWARFMASTER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 05:06 PM

It's crane fly season.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly

 

 COMMENT 507513 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 05:42 PM

Sour flies--look like gnats: these are from damp soil.
Flour flies-- from old flour, grain or bird seed. Look for stringy web like hanging things in the bags.
Hover flies- small bee type insect.
All are harmless, just annoying.

 

 COMMENT 507516 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 05:49 PM

Drones.

 

 COMMENT 507524P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 06:34 PM

Crane Flies, Mosquito Hawks, Mosquito Eaters....all the same insect. And, they are not entirely harmless. Do check it out on the Net. They lay their eggs in grass and the larvae feed on the grass roots doing considerable damage to lawns. Although they don't harm humans they have nothing to do with mosquitoes and certainly DO NOT eat them!!!

 

 COMMENT 507532 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 08:34 PM

These should all be respected as God's creations. Don't harm them!

 

 COMMENT 507538 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-31 08:55 PM

They are called sand flies, and leave nasty sores. They are very tough to catch.

In a house, they are easier to get after they get their feed and get trapped on window panes trying to escape.

 

 COMMENT 507572 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-01 07:03 AM

Tse Tse fly... don't let them bite you!

 

 COMMENT 507575 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-01 07:16 AM

The wisdom of crowdsourcing is failing on this thread.

 

 RAINE5360 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-01 10:03 AM

Big honking mosquito two days INSIDE MY HOUSE which is odd because we have screens. I sent him home pronto in case he was the kind that bites!

 

 COMMENT 507705 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-01 12:16 PM

Don't swat the cutter bees they just hover and look at you friendly like. The mosquito eaters are large winged and long leggs kinda reminiscent of dinasaur age, they're good too so don't swat em, the more of those the less mosquitos. They do remind us of drones too, lol

 

 COMMENT 507749P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-01 02:45 PM

We've noticed more gnats than usual.

 

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