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2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby markskor » Sat May 21, 2011 8:08 pm

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Post your reports here...
"The scale from previous years has worked out perfectly, so guess we'll keep on using it:"
1 - No mosquitos or there are some, but not biting yet
2 - Very light during the day, moderate at dawn and dusk
3 - Moderate during the day, heavy at dawn and dusk
4 - Heavy during the day, heavy at dawn and dusk
5 - Unbearable all day, no breaks, cannot eat outside of tent. If you stop, hundreds
will land on you; when looking thru a camera viewfinder, you see more skeeters than
lake. If you slapped your arm, you'd smear blood from all the dead gorged bodies.
Mountainman who swims with trout



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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat May 21, 2011 8:45 pm

OK, here is a repeat of my report. Fall Creek above Feather Falls - a bit less than 2,000 feet elevation, slightly annoying mosquitoes dusk and dawn at campsite next to creek. Last night, not too bad; this morning seemed like more hatched. I am a mosquito magnet, so take my report with a grain of salt. A week ago near Lake Berryessa, we had no mosquitoes at all.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby rlown » Sat May 21, 2011 8:53 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:A week ago near Lake Berryessa, we had no mosquitoes at all.


Berryessa is more of a tick fest..
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby tim » Sat May 21, 2011 9:01 pm

Kings Canyon May 7 there were a few in the evening, but not biting.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Cross Country » Sun May 22, 2011 10:30 am

What does 2 years in a row typically do to the skeeter population the 2nd year? I honestly don't remember.

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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby tuolumneranger » Mon May 23, 2011 10:12 am

Yosemite Valley update: They're out - enough to drive me inside to eat dinner around 7:00 p.m. I would rate the Valley a 2 right now.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby gochicagobears! » Mon May 23, 2011 10:57 am

in Graeagle a week ago and bugs were out pretty good. got a few bites, but they disappeared mid-day, even with no wind... rate 2 in the mid AM, zero by mid-day.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby oldranger » Tue May 24, 2011 4:04 pm

May 14--Castle Peak near Donner Summit--0 but skiing was good
May 16--Red Lake near Carson Pass--0 but skiing was good.
May 18-O'Shaunessy Dam to Mouth of Til Til creek at reservoir-0
May 19 Shoreline of Hetch Hetchy between Til Til and Rancheria Creeks--0
May 20 Rancheria Falls Bridge to dam-1.5 got 1 bite on each arm on hike out somewhere w. of Til Til
May 22-23 Redwood Canyon (SEKI) 0--road to TH not open from Generals Highway, significant snow in canyon bottom at 5400 feet.

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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby quentinc » Tue May 24, 2011 5:44 pm

May 20 - 23 -- Kern Plateau/Golden Trout Wilderness (near Olancha Peak): 0. Even in some of the boggiest meadows I've ever seen.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby SPeacock » Thu May 26, 2011 2:36 pm

Maybe some help on the way - but don't hold your breath

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/ ... tive-deet/
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby apeman45 » Thu May 26, 2011 6:25 pm

I'm willing to be a test guinea pig despite horrific side effects. Sounds promising. Guess I'm stuck with 100 percent deet in the meantime. Totally safe chemical....right? I'll take my chances.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby SSSdave » Mon May 30, 2011 11:32 am

Spent Saturday May 28 along the Mammoth Pool Reservoir road at 3k to 5.5k. Lots of greenery, wildflowers, bugs, bees, chipmunkery, and birds, but mosquitoes, habia nada. Some nights have just been too cool yet and better this weekend yet another cold storm blew in killing any that were rising out of the lowest big river canyon bottoms. But in another couple weeks that all will change. Celebrate the Fourth of July this year before leaving home with a dip in the DEET tub.
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