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Old 05-21-09, 10:10 PM   #1
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Friggen no purpose! NO PURPOSE I SAY!!

So I went to ride my usual loop tonight. The weather is perfect enough not to wear anything but short sleeves. No sooner than a block away I get attacked by friggen skeetos!!! And it's not like they swarm me and do their thing and leave. NOoooOOOooo. They follow me and my bike for quite a while. Landing, gripping, biting, and sucking my very life blood from me to fill their evil little tummies. I mean, DANG!! I feel like one of those dead bodies out there where all the hungry vultures (well in this case blasted little pesky things) come down and swoop on me. Or a bleeding fish that attracts the sharks and causes a swirling bloody mass of confusion. I mean, WTH?? I am not out there just to become a freakin' food fest ya know. I'm not put on this Earth to cause a feeding frenzy. Just leave me alone. LEAVE ME THE HECK ALONE!! I'm allergic to bug bites and now I'm gonna have to show up to work looking like a huge mass of red welts that itch like crazy.

I swear. What is the purpose of a mosquito anyway? Why were they invented? I mean, they are just like fleas, NO PURPOSE!!!
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Old 05-21-09, 10:15 PM   #2
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well, they're food to some birds.

but I think you just have to pedal faster and drope them.

either that, or you have some really sweat scent to them. were you working around dry ice or do you just have amazing CO2 production?
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Old 05-21-09, 10:15 PM   #3
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Yupper, I hate those *******s too. One bit my on my tant the other night. Since you are asking Siu, I drank way too much and decided to streak up and down my parent's street the other night and one of those nasty mosquitos missed my John Thursday and hit my tant. It totally sucked so I set my mom's house on fire. I don't always think wisely Siu. Just Say'in.

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the odd part is, I've ran into swarms of those pesky things when on trails near rivers and ponds, but I've yet to be bitten.

phew, no one wants my blood, not the red cross and not the mosquitoes either
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I have a friend who swears by taking large doses of B vitamins to ward them off. I think it's just a matter of people having different body chemistry. Sounds like they find you obsessively attractive.
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That's why I smoke cigars when I ride.
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Like humans serve any purpose other than wreckin' up the place.
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sun screen on you.
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Those huge swarms of mosquitoes you see tend to be composed of male mosquitoes which are trying to attract those bloodsucking females.

Male mosquitoes make noise but do not bite... the female are virtually silent.

I have been out in the bush and have almost had the sky blacked out by clouds of noisy mosquitoes and have suffered very few bites.

It is when things are quiet and you can't see the mosquitoes that you need to have bathed in DEET as that is when the female mosquitoes seem to be the most active.

Anyone participating in physical activity is going to look tasty to a hungry skeeter as they are attracted to carbon dioxide and octenol which is a chemical we release when we breathe and sweat.

I avoid bananas in the summer as I have noted they seem to be what turns me into a skeeter magnet and I eat a lot of garlic so my issues with skeeters and vampires have been much reduced. I also use repellent when I am in areas where there are more mosquitoes.

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So I went to ride my usual loop tonight. The weather is perfect enough not to wear anything but short sleeves. No sooner than a block away I get attacked by friggen skeetos!!! And it's not like they swarm me and do their thing and leave. NOoooOOOooo. They follow me and my bike for quite a while. Landing, gripping, biting, and sucking my very life blood from me to fill their evil little tummies. I mean, DANG!! I feel like one of those dead bodies out there where all the hungry vultures (well in this case blasted little pesky things) come down and swoop on me. Or a bleeding fish that attracts the sharks and causes a swirling bloody mass of confusion. I mean, WTH?? I am not out there just to become a freakin' food fest ya know. I'm not put on this Earth to cause a feeding frenzy. Just leave me alone. LEAVE ME THE HECK ALONE!! I'm allergic to bug bites and now I'm gonna have to show up to work looking like a huge mass of red welts that itch like crazy.

I swear. What is the purpose of a mosquito anyway? Why were they invented? I mean, they are just like fleas, NO PURPOSE!!!
If I ever see you riding a bike not wearing anything but short sleeves I think I'd try taking a bite too!
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Just be happy you don't have to deal with Michigan or Maine Black Flies or No Seeums.
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mosquitoes love my blood too. The wife and I can be sitting at the same table outdoors and I'll get eaten alive and they leave her alone. lucky me
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Maybe you and I are just 'sweet'.



Seriously though.

Okay - skeeters were said to be food for birds. What's the purpose of fleas other than to annoy their host?
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you need to wash more. i used to be followed by flies too until i found the bathroom. i also carry a box of poo with me to distract the flies.
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you need to wash more. i used to be followed by flies too until i found the bathroom. i also carry a box of poo with me to distract the flies.
so, u callin' me and Siu filthy slobs?

I heard it was also blood type? From their nomming on me, it appears they like B+, at least in swarthy Mediterranean men......
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I avoid bananas in the summer as I have noted they seem to be what turns me into a skeeter magnet and I eat a lot of garlic so my issues with skeeters and vampires have been much reduced.

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mmmmmm garlic. It's a mainstay of my diet and I haven't been bothered by them this year.
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Indiana Horse FLies are bad too - they land on your watch band just so you can't feel them land. grrr...
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Indiana Horse FLies are bad too - they land on your watch band just so you can't feel them land. grrr...
Yeah, I know.......one almost carried my wife off yesterday!

The Horsefly, Indiana's largest flying predator......
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Maybe you and I are just 'sweet'.



Seriously though.

Okay - skeeters were said to be food for birds. What's the purpose of fleas other than to annoy their host?
My scorpions had a mite infestation so I bought some little mite hunters from a bio lab, they gobbled up all the mites, I'm sure there are some parasite hunters that eats up fleas, just don't know which, so I guess they do serve a purpose.
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They help spread infectious diseases, because even infectious diseases need love too!!!
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My scorpions had a mite infestation so I bought some little mite hunters from a bio lab, they gobbled up all the mites, I'm sure there are some parasite hunters that eats up fleas, just don't know which, so I guess they do serve a purpose.
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Y'ain't seen skeeters 'till you been to New Jersey. The mosquito is the state bird.
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