Travel: Mosquito Bites

Seattle has very few nettlesome insects. We have bees — productive — but very few if any mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, or even flies. People leave their windows open without screens, or their balcony doors if they live in condo buildings or apartments.

I was born and raised in New Jersey, so I remember the hordes of mosquitoes that descend in muggy weather. New since I lived here is the tick invasion. The beach has always had no-see-ums and other biting insects when the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.

We’ve been largely around Linda and Ron’s pool, using dips in the cool water to keep us from overheating in the mid-90 degree weather. The mosquito population has descended in force, buzzing around my ankles and leaving itchy red bites to welcome me home. We had to stop at CVS on the way out to dinner on Monday night in order for me to get hydrocortisone cream — which I found in the head lice section. I don’t have lice, but I surely do have annoyingly itchy mosquito bites.

4 thoughts on “Travel: Mosquito Bites

  1. mosquitoes are the norm in northeast Queens. Our home is a block from Little Neck Bay, a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We have spray on mosquito repellent by every exit. They are out in force. We also are the original home of West Nile Virus, a mosquito borne disease.

  2. for Katie: These are the itchiest bites I can remember, and the itch is lingering. I just went and got some sort of topical spray, which is working better. Rubbing lotion in just made the area itchier. Not sure what these bites are, but maybe not garden variety mosquitoes.

  3. for J: I hate spray, but these bites have been hellish — stayed itchy all week and are still itchy. Am sending you more re what to do if kids get bitten. I don’t think they are mosquito bites — too itchy and sticking around too long. Chiggers, maybe.

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