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Mosquitoes on Badger Mountain? Morning Hike Populated With the Little Bloodsuckers, Perhaps Not

I’ve done 250-plus round trips on Badger and this morning was the FIRST time I had even noticed mosquitoes? Keeping my eyes on the ground while climbing the ‘steps’ there were a few mosquitoes at every one, then hiked through loosely populated clusters from time to time up to a couple hundred yards from the top. It was 45 degrees at 9:45am  when I started the hike and it surprised me they were there this time of year, at that time of day and in that temperature. Other hikers had experienced the same thing so it’s not because my blood is so sweet, haw! Angela, manager with the Benton County Mosquito Control District thought that the mosquito-like insects were most likely ‘Midge‘. They are usually non-biting mosquito look-a-likes and that was the first thing she asked, “Were they biting you?” I told her that I kept moving and had on a long sleeve shirt but no, I don’t believe they did. It also is probably a little early in the season for the ruthless bloodsucking mosquitoes that can adversely affect an otherwise pleasant outdoor adventure!

Chironomidae, male non-biting 'midge'.  (nojhan)
Chironomidae, male non-biting ‘midge’. (nojhan)

 

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