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.