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has gotten a reputation
voracious mosquitoes. Like many 'reputations', this one has elements
of truth, which are often exaggerated to a ridiculous extent. (See
has generated this reputation largely because of two of the largest
attractions have been hunting and fishing.
I wanted to attract mosquitoes I would go to a wet, wooded area and stand
still. Hunters and fishermen do exactly that, and yes, they will get
have been in Alaska for 33 years now, and the worst mosquitoes I have ever
seen were in Idaho. In second and third places come Minnesota and
Northern California. I'm sure many of you have seen places that can
beat any of the ones I mentioned. The fact is, anyplace on the
planet with woods and water will have mosquitoes!
typical maximum airspeed
an Alaskan mosquito is about four miles per hour. (You won't find
that kind of information in an encyclopedia.) I have been walking
away from mosquitoes for years now, and I have observed the speed at which
they can no longer keep up. When hiking, you can just walk fast or
trot for twenty yards or so and you will lose them for awhile.
a bicycle, they can't keep up
when you have a tailwind that is going exactly the same speed as you
are. How often does that happen?
of the other bugs
get asked about either don't exist in Alaska, or are here in such
small numbers as to not have annoyed me in 33 years.
These include the dreaded Black Flies which exist on the east coast of the