Have you noticed any insect differences this summer? I noticed less slugs, hardly any insects at all in my compost bin (no millipedes at all??) less insects in general (no millipedes in the soil, but lots of sowbugs) and much more annoying FLIES!!! (I am wondering if the terrible winter we've had would have anything to do with the summer insect populations.)
Our insect troubles seem worse this year especially the yellow flies and gnats. GaK do you think they are worse in your area?
We recently installed a screen around our swimming pool and patio to make it more pleasant to swim.
Not as many slugs and damage to hosta is down. But, am putting out much more crushed eggshell and coffee grounds also. There seems to be an abundance of flying insects around. Many bees, and some strange black flying insect with longish wings. Haven't tried to ID it yet. And there were plenty of red beetles on the lilies.
HUGE beautiful butterflies everywhere! My DH just spoke about it yesterday. We have never had this many.
Yes, they are worse here too. I'm in the "gnat belt" and they are horrible (it's a strip about 50 mi. wide that runs east/west across the south.
We not only had the deer flies we also had about 3 weeks of horse flies. When they bite me they leave a welt that takes almost a week to go away...and it ITCHES the whole time.
I've also had leaf footed bugs & tiny brown stink bugs taking over my tomatoes. They both pierce the tomato and then it rots.
Mosquitos seem worse this year too...likely from all the rain we had in the spring.
The only thing we have had fewer of has been the love bugs...not as many at one time and not for nearly as long either.
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I have less pests of all varieties EXCEPT ants...they are making me crazy this year. I especially noticed there were fewer grasshoppers & crickets than last year.
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I'm surprised that we have not had as many flies. But that is alright with me. lol
I planted a small row of yellow cosmos this summer for a splash of color which have drawn many many insects. A big surprise for me as we hardly ever get groups of insects.
By the way, the yellow was a beautiful addition to the small flower garden area. Very uplifting.
Of course you don't honey, they all flew to the Jersey Shore and stayed in NORTHERN JOISEY!!!
Tee, hehe! That's funny.
Best treatment for horse fly bites is one drop of pure lavender essential oil applied full strength. Takes the itch away.
We have perhaps had even fewer bugs this summer than usual altho the few grasshoppers seem to have stayed longer. Not as many flies of any type as the horses have not been here as much. Lots of dragonflies so there must still be mosquitoes around but they are keeping them under control. Also lots of bat sounds in the evening so ditto.
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