Storm clouds over the prairies with some rain in the distance near Cabri Regional Park, Saskatchewan, Canada! Photo taken September 23, 2017.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Cabri Regional Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Where are they going next? Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on September 25th. Ottawa, Ontario on September 27th. Barbados on October 25th!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Bugs!

We've been really lucky this summer with regards to mosquitoes. Especially compared to last summer when we were swarmed by the little buggers every time we stepped out the door. It was so bad last year that you almost couldn't go outside without having bug spray on.

It must be related to how much rain we get. Last year, it rained almost every second day. This year, we've hardly had any rain at all. In fact, we bought a new rain gauge for the park over two weeks ago and haven't had a chance to use it yet!

But there's another type of bug problem happening right now. No, not as bad as mosquitoes, that's for sure. But annoying nonetheless.

No idea what they are even. But they've only been around for four or five days and it's been getting steadily worse the last couple of days. There are so many of them that we can't drive the gators without glasses on because they get in your eyes. And you had better keep your mouth closed, even when you're walking!

Bugs! 

 Bugs on the seat of the gator.

Millions of bugs!

The last few days have also been very calm. If a breeze were to come up it might blow them all away! They don't bite though, so it's not that bad.

Very quiet at the park this week. Typical for the week prior to Labor Day Weekend.

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18 comments:

  1. When it rains we get more mosquitoes. They breed in standing water and we have had a lot of that this year due to all the ground water still a result of the flooding.

    Right now we have tons of tiny white bugs that fly in through the screens. They don't bite but are annoying. They don't live long and leave their dead carcasses in piles all over the place, bathroom counters, the floor under all of our windows, desk tops, etc. They appear to come from out cedar hedges. We usually get them for a few days at a time here and there thru the summer but this year they are constant. I can clean up in the morning and by the next morning there are just as many dead ones.

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    1. We have been so happy this year not to have had a problem with mosquitoes, it has been a lovely summer because of that.

      The little white bugs you are talking about sound similar to the ones we are talking about too. They don't live long and thankfully don't seem to bite. Saturday and Sunday were definitely the worst days that we had with them, normally it seems to be mostly in the evening that they seem to be the problem, especially driving the gators or golf cart.

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    2. It sounds like they are the same bug. I believe that they only hatch every so many days which is why they are not always there.

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    3. Mark was correct the bugs we are having a time with are aphids and apparently Saskatchewan is having quite the infestation of them this year.

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    1. Yes, that is what they remind us of too except that these bugs don't bite.

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  3. I wonder if they are midges of some sort. We used to have the occasional bombardment of midges in Belize. They were the non-biting kind, thank goodness, but they would be on every surface of the veranda, furniture, ceiling, etc. Most people thought they were mosquitoes, but they didn't bite. Just annoying since they were all over. Every morning we'd sweep a million dead ones off the veranda. But it was only for about one week a year (can't remember which time of year). Curious to find out what type of flying insects are plaguing your park!

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    1. We looked up midges and it didn't seem to be them. We will have to grab a dead one at some point and have a better look at it to know for sure. They definitely didn't seem to resemble mosquitoes. Yesterday was a much better day and surprisingly it wasn't a windy day so not sure why there weren't tons of them around again.

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  4. Other than a couple of really ugly spiders, some fat slugs and earwigs we don't have much in the way of bugs on Vancouver Island. I spot 1 mosquito about every 2-3 weeks. A few wasps but fortunately this summer more Bumblebees (I am completely fine with them, they seem to like my flowers this year). I don't miss the damn bugs that bite!

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    1. It sounds like paradise there on Vancouver Island if you don't get many bugs. Funny that you mention earwigs, that is something that we don't get here and I don't miss them either!

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    1. Looked them up and yes, that is possible but I don't see any of the immature ones anywhere. Again we will have to pick up a dead one and have a closer look at it but I do think that you could be correct on that Mark., especially because you have lived here in Saskatchewan.

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  6. Aw, geez, how annoying! Bugs are the bane of my existence!

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    1. Yep, bugs are definitely annoying, especially if they are the biting type! Luckily these ones aren't.

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    1. So far that seems to have been our worst day with them. Hopefully they aren't that bad again.

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