Rain, rain…..and more rain.
Over the past two days, we have had about 5 inches of rain.
Things are very green, spectacularly lush, in fact.
But there is one HUGE downside to living in the rainforest that is my neighborhood……
It is guaranteed that as the refreshing rains encourage the lush greenery and flowers, they also will foster mosquito nurseries. We will soon be hiding in our home from dusk until dawn.
We have not found anything that will successfully repel these disease-carrying, blood-thirsty demons. Can you hear the high-pitched sound that begins just before dusk each day? That is the sound of mosquitoes laughing at us as we smear chemical repellant all over our bodies.
The tiny monsters squeeze themselves through the finest mesh of window screens. In the dark quiet of a bedroom, humans have been known to go mad as they attempt to locate the source of the high-pitched whine of a single mosquito.
When we hosted an outdoor party for a friend, we rented an electronic bug zapper, and borrowed a new-fangled machine that emitted a chemical repellant. The party broke up within 10 minutes of dusk as the guests ran for cover in their cars as the swarms of mosquitoes descended on the backyard in anticipation of a human blood feast.
We live on the edge of a small woods, along a major river. We fight moles, mice, deer, woodticks, box elder bugs, Japanese beetles, voles, creeping charlie, bats and other miscellaneous wild things for control of our home.
But nothing compares to the mosquito.
The sun set a few minutes ago. You can find me in the house.