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Mosquitoes Invade Alaska

Mosquito SwarmHow would you like to be caught in a swarm of ginormous mosquitoes? Well, in Alaska this is a true story.

Unbelievable Mosquito Masses

Researchers Jesse Krause and Shannan Sweet were caught in an awful swarm while researching at the Toolik Field Station on Alaska’s North Slope. Alaskan mosquitoes are notorious for their size and swarms. The mosquito is sometimes joked around as the state bird. They come in such numerous amounts that it’s unbelievable! Sweet states on video how “the whole horizon is nothing but mosquitoes.” Crazy Alaskan stuff!

Like with most insects, mosquitoes in Alaska have a season of strength. They’re most abundant in the summer from late June clear through July. That’s the worst time to be caught in shorts and a tank.

West Nile & Other Inconveniences

There are 35 species of mosquitoes in Alaska and of these 35 only 2 of them actually spread West Nile Virus in the state. The virus has not been able to take hold in higher latitudes. So Alaskans might have to deal with the angry swarms and itches, but this menacing virus doesn’t seem to pose a threat.

For the residents of the lower 48 states, the virus is much more common. West Nile Virus has been on the rise in the continental United States. More and more cases are reported each year. According to the CDC, there are 43 species of mosquito known to carry West Nile Virus.

The biggest inconvenience that these seekers present is physiological stress. Preparing for a summer, especially in Alaska, seems like quite the burden; from buying the right repellent to wearing the right clothing to not being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is all a nuisance that really should just go away.

Mosquito Tips

Getting ready for that harsh summer time, when the mosquitoes are in full bloom is definitely agitating. The following are tips that mosquito plagued areas should consider every year.

• Stock up on anti-seeker supplies. Insect repellent with lots DEET will definitely work best. Purchasing mosquito coils might also help keep them away from your home or other unwanted locations.

• Wear appropriate clothing. It’s really tempting to wear shorts and sleeveless clothing during the summer, but beware that this will give the mosquitoes a free and easy meal.

• Wear neutral colors. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.

• Don’t use scented lotions, shampoos, or perfumes. They love this.

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Swarming Bees Attack Houston Women Killing Her Dog

Imagine walking your dog on a late September afternoon and suddenly being attacked by a swarm of agitated bees. That’s exactly what happened to a Houston woman last Wednesday. Unfortunately, the bee stings were not the worse sting she’d experience that day as her five year old mixed breed dog named Bella died as a result.

Swarming Bees

The 42 year old woman, Agathe Bourgogne, spent each day walking her rescue dog near Cambridge Glen Condos on Cambridge in Houston. Bella was said to be a very loyal and friendly dog that wouldn’t run into the street without her master. While on their daily walk, Bella went over to sniff a tree when she was suddenly attacked by a swarm of angry bees that had been disturbed by lawnmower earlier in the day.

Bourgone was stung seven times on her face, in her ears, and on her arms as she tried to rescue Bella who also suffered 14 bee stings in the face. The dog was rushed to the vet, but it was too late. Bella passed away shortly after arriving.


Bee Swarm

Bee Swarm (Photo credit: heidigoseek)

It has not been determined if the bees were Africanized. The bees were in the process of building a hive in an underground water meter. Bees like to build their hives inside any opening they can find. They were able to gain access to the underground water meter through a small opening in the top.

With much relief to all the residents that live nearby, the bees were removed by a Houston pest control company before they could hurt anybody else. Still though, the damage has been done… A heartbroken Agathe Bourgogne lost one of her best friends in Bella. For the complete story, click here.

Bee Problems?

If you do experience a bee problem, call a Houston pest control professional or bee removal company. Bee removal is often more costly, but instead of killing of the bee population the bees will be safely removed and relocated. A pest control company, on the other hand, may merely exterminate the bees and their colonies. Due to the way bees carry pollen on their bodies, dust pesticides are very successful at quickly eliminating bee problems.

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