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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, June 12, 2021, 21:06 (46 days ago)


https://youtu.be/3Twg3EvsLgQ

The rains the past couple of days seem to have mostly broken the heat spell. I almost needed to sleep under the sheets last night, and I even thought about using hot water for my shower.

Stay alert for more stormy weather. The tropical disturbance in the Bahía de Tehuantepec hasn't gone anywhere, and it's dumped a lot of rain in Oaxaca. It's apparently being fed by a larger system from the Caribbean. We may get us a superstorm.

I might've seen the first mosquito of the season today, but I swatted it.

The rain washed out a lot of sand from Playa Principal by the canal, and it's rather obvious a few palm trees planted there recently aren't going to be there very long. I could've told them so, oh wait, I did. They didn't want to listen.

Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa Weather

#PreservemosPlayaManzanillo

The sun peeked out for only a few minutes this mañana before hiding until around 10:30 or so. Then it was just another perfect day in paradise!
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by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Sunday, June 13, 2021, 07:33 (46 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

The latest invasion of tiny winged demons has been pretty spectacular. Those things are completely undeterred by any kind of screen or repellant. Sunup reveals thousands of insect corpses everywhere...must've been a mass insecticide.

Last night we turned off as many lights as we could, didn't watch TV much after dark, but there are still clumps of these creatures like little bee hives in the ceiling corners. They're even attracted to the little light on the phone charger.

Frogs, cuijas, and bats having a feast though.

All this has made me wonder...where did bugs hang out before humans made light?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, June 13, 2021, 09:19 (46 days ago) @ mindpilot

The latest invasion of tiny winged demons has been pretty spectacular. Those things are completely undeterred by any kind of screen or repellant. Sunup reveals thousands of insect corpses everywhere...must've been a mass insecticide.

Last night we turned off as many lights as we could, didn't watch TV much after dark, but there are still clumps of these creatures like little bee hives in the ceiling corners. They're even attracted to the little light on the phone charger.

Frogs, cuijas, and bats having a feast though.

All this has made me wonder...where did bugs hang out before humans made light?

Flying after the moon and the stars... ;-)

Sounds like you're talking about las hormigas voladoras. The cuijas love'em. The best remedy for massive ant movements in these parts is to let them move on through. The flyers are just mating. Wait until two large ant colonies decide your house is their war zone. It's quite an impressive sight. I've had to sweep up kilos of them after a massive battle between large red and large black ants.

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by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Sunday, June 13, 2021, 11:23 (46 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

The latest invasion of tiny winged demons has been pretty spectacular. Those things are completely undeterred by any kind of screen or repellant. Sunup reveals thousands of insect corpses everywhere...must've been a mass insecticide.

Last night we turned off as many lights as we could, didn't watch TV much after dark, but there are still clumps of these creatures like little bee hives in the ceiling corners. They're even attracted to the little light on the phone charger.

Frogs, cuijas, and bats having a feast though.

All this has made me wonder...where did bugs hang out before humans made light?


Flying after the moon and the stars... ;-)

Sounds like you're talking about las hormigas voladoras. The cuijas love'em. The best remedy for massive ant movements in these parts is to let them move on through. The flyers are just mating. Wait until two large ant colonies decide your house is their war zone. It's quite an impressive sight. I've had to sweep up kilos of them after a massive battle between large red and large black ants.


Yeah, but they would still burn up on reentry. Doesn't seem like a viable evolutionary path. Yet here they are, flying into flames and hot light bulbs.


There are more ants living under my house than there are atoms in the Universe. Neil deGrasse Tyson disagrees with me of course, but I have invited him to come here to make direct observations.

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by Robbob @, Bonney Lake, Washington, Sunday, June 13, 2021, 10:58 (46 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

How long does the bug invasion last? We are returning to Zihua the end of November (our first time that time of year)...do we need to bring repellents?

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by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Sunday, June 13, 2021, 11:43 (46 days ago) @ Robbob

How long does the bug invasion last? We are returning to Zihua the end of November (our first time that time of year)...do we need to bring repellents?

A few days at most. These things aren't any hazard to humans, but they're annoying because there is so many of them

Keep in mind I live out in the boonies, so I encounter more wildlife than you would see at a in-town hotel where they do chemical pest control. I tend to let nature take its course, letting the bats, frogs, spiders, and cuijas do their thing.

Yes, you'll probably want repellant. Like almost every place else in the world there are mosquitos.

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by Robbob @, Bonney Lake, Washington, Monday, June 14, 2021, 18:27 (45 days ago) @ mindpilot

Thank you for your response.

We normally go to Zihua in March...and I cannot recall mosquitos ever being much of a problem then. This will be the first time we have visited in November. I do not have any major problems with mosquitos, but my wife attracts them...probably because she is much sweeter than I. ;-)

We will be appropriately armed with repellants.

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by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Friday, June 18, 2021, 10:53 (41 days ago) @ Robbob

Thank you for your response.

We normally go to Zihua in March...and I cannot recall mosquitos ever being much of a problem then. This will be the first time we have visited in November. I do not have any major problems with mosquitos, but my wife attracts them...probably because she is much sweeter than I. ;-)

We will be appropriately armed with repellants.

Here is an article on the subject.

https://www.healthline.com/health/why-do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more

A couple of particularly interesting tidbits,

The researchers found that people who had consumed beer were more attractive to mosquitoes than people who had not.

Research has shown that mosquitoes are attracted to the color black, but little is known about why. Regardless, if you’re wearing black or other dark colors, you may be more attractive to mosquitoes.

I've also read that mosquitos avoid people with faster metabolisms and don't like type O blood. So if you are A+, overweight, wearing black and pounding Coronas, I want to avoid you.

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by hromero ⌂ @, Monday, June 14, 2021, 12:52 (45 days ago) @ Robbob

There will most likely still be plenty of mosquitos in November, but repellent is usually quite helpful and mosquito netting is usually standard at most places you will stay. Repellent is readily available here so there is no need to bring it with you.

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Humberto Romero
www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

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by Robbob @, Bonney Lake, Washington, Monday, June 14, 2021, 18:28 (45 days ago) @ hromero

Thank you for your response!

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by CanaMex, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 17:32 (44 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Awsome shot!!!