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2014 Mosquito Reports

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:49 am

1 - No mosquitoes or if there are some, but not biting yet (Blue)
2 - Very light during the day, moderate at dawn and dusk (Green)
3 - Moderate during the day, heavy at dawn and dusk (Yellow)
4 - Heavy during the day, heavy at dawn and dusk (Orange)
5 - Unbearable all day, no breaks, cannot eat outside of tent. If you stop, hundreds
will descend 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 (Red)

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Yosemite Valley/Clouds Rest 5/14-5/16

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri May 16, 2014 7:05 pm

5/16 Yosemite Valley - 2-3 (Backpacker's campground)
5/15 Sunrise Creek at junction to Clouds Rest trail - 2
5/14Above Bunnell Falls - 2
5/16 Four Mile Trail - 2
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Bubbs Creek 5/18

Postby astrogerly » Sun May 18, 2014 7:27 pm

5/18: Roads End/Bubbs Creek to Mist Falls -> between 1 and 2. Started noticing them 1/2 mile or so before the trail junction. Most were just annoying. Some started biting as we got closer to the bridge.
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Re: 2014 Mosquito Reports

Postby ERIC » Mon May 19, 2014 10:59 am

Lake Aloha and surrounding, 5/17.

I think I saw one mosquito the entire day (so a 1). Still quite a few patches of snow along the trail.
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Re: 2014 Mosquito Reports

Postby nightowl » Tue May 20, 2014 4:02 pm

5/17 Mitchell Peak trail, SEKI - 1
5/18 Lodgepole Campground, SEKI - 1
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Re: 2014 Mosquito Reports

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Sat May 24, 2014 2:58 pm

5/23 & 24 Grouse Ridge Area -- 2
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May 25 Tenaya Lake to sunrise trail

Postby Bargy » Mon May 26, 2014 8:10 pm

Along the trail 1-2. At the Tenaya Lake outlet crossing (where the water is above the boulders, so you have to take your boots/socks off to wade) they are a biting 2 just waiting for victims. Many people were running up the trail barefooted to get away from the critters before stopping to put footware back on.
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2014 Mosquito Reports

Postby J ney » Mon May 26, 2014 8:55 pm

Emigrant Wilderness

Leopold Lake (~9000'; rated a 2)
Crabtree Trail... 3 or 4 (in shady areas)... Shed my own blood a few times squashing mosquitoes.
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May 24-25 Fifth Lake

Postby schmalz » Tue May 27, 2014 8:39 am

North Fork Big Pine - 0

The first night there were basically no bugs at all.

Second night I had probably 20 land on me throughout the evening. None were biting yet though. Pretty surprising given that the nearby lake was nearly completely frozen over.
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Emigrant Wilderness 5/23-5/27

Postby walkingman » Wed May 28, 2014 12:42 pm

Emigrant wilderness 5.23-5.27
Crabtree TH to Buck lake via upper trail, return via lower trail.
Low lying meadows 2-3
Granite benches 1-2
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