Creep, crawly, flying critters

tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)July 11, 2013

Where'd they go? Has anyone else noticed a reduction in some of these critters? I'm not complaining, mind you, but I don't have nearly the amounts of mosquitoes as in the past few years. Also, not nearly the number of aphids. My fig crop was fairly ruined with sour fruit bugs in past years but none have shown up - so far. (Fingers crossed.) I have paper wasps aplenty, but no bees. :( There were lots of carpenter bees, but I found so many dead, I wonder if something is happening to them, too.

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I had loads of bees early this year now just a few. No aphids. No mosquitoes. I don't hear any crickets. I just saw my first Palo Verde Root Borer a few nights ago. Creepy! Lots of ants. Lots of scorpions.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 3:06PM
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GeeS 9b

Mosquitoes?! Been in the VOTS 15 years, and have run into 'em only twice. Plenty of bats and Night Hawks around, and there was certainly no shortage of black flies a few weeks back.

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    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 3:19PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

GS, aren't you way up in CC or some such dry, rocky area? I'm in central Phx on an irrigated lot. So, you say, "Irrigation? Well, no wonder you have skeeters." Not so. This area has been irrigated since the late 30's. We got here in '86. No mosquitoes - but we did have bats at that time. For at least the past 5 years, we've had mosquito swarms that would make the Everglades proud. Over the years, the bats - and the swallows - left and it seems the entire microcosm has changed. Except for the *#%^%$ flies; they're here with a vengeance *every* year!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 4:55PM
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GeeS 9b

I was in NE Phoenix for a few years, now in Fountain Hills for the past eight. The housing crisis a few years back precipitated my most recent mosquito encounter, as a result of a bank foreclosure and breathtaking neglect in the form of a pool that wasn't drained. Eeeeeek! Not sure what you mean by 'irrigated lot', I have a drip system, and it runs for 2 hours twice per week all though summer. If I were living with mosquito swarms, I might suspect criminal negligence on the part of a neighbor. Sure there aren't any green swimming pools or other unsanitary standing water sources about? It might be worth investigating.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 5:12PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Irrigation = flood irrigation via Salt River Project canals through a system of ditches and pipes that deliver water to both agricultural acreage and residential lots. There are very few pools in my neighborhood; the one next door is kept pristine. According to Maricopa County vector control, we have species of mosquitoes here now that we never had before. And, we are being warned about West Nile Virus. :(

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 1:09AM
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