Sounds like the Alabama Skeeters are expanding their territory. They may be the LA state bird, but these bugs we have can stand flat-footed and rape a
Those are the kinds of bites one sees around here if someone isn't used to them or slightly allergic. Redhatty had some great advice. Any
standing water will become a skeeter breeding ground in the summer. Old tires are a favorite around here, as they tend to lie undisturbed for
I have heard eating lots of garlic, onions, and peppers will keep them at bay some, but I have never verified this. I do know it appears that after a
person with a strong immune system is bitten several times, the severity of a bite will diminish, like the body gets used to them. Believe it or not,
smoking will actually make you less attractive to the little buggers. (Please don't start smoking just to get rid of the skeeter bites.
) They are
attracted to both CO2 (from your breath) and sweat, so body chemistry does have something to do with it.
I personally have little trouble with the blood-suckers. I smoke heavily, and I dearly love onions and peppers. Plus, since I have lived here all of
my life, when I do get bitten it is typically just a bit of an itch and it goes away. The rest of my family (especially my wife) appears to be a bit
more susceptible to their intrusion, however.
Our home remedy has always been a little vinegar. If the bites are especially bothersome, make a compress of tobacco and vinegar. This works for
skeeters as well as spiders, bees, wasps, and about every insect bite I can think of.
Mosquitoes can carry disease, since they typically bite several different hosts and there is therefore a bit of blood sharing between bites. It's not
the skeeter that infects you; it is the blood the skeeter just drank from someone (something?) else. Since they don't typically travel that far in a
generation (as far as I know), it wouldn't be possible for them to spread something that wasn't already in the general vicinity; they just make a
disease act like it is airborne.
Apparently you just happened to walk outside in a swarm, probably freshly hatched. I wouldn't worry too much about it, especially since they are
going away. If you have been inundated by rain lately, it could be puddles of water under your house that have survived long enough to become breeding
grounds. Just put some bleach (or oil works as well, just not as environmentally friendly
) in any areas of standing water, no matter how
insignificant they may be.
Oh, and don't forget a couple citronella candles or Tiki torches. They actually do work to a point.