Yes, it’s that time of year…and after recent soaking rains (unheard of out here in the central Washington desert) we are suffering through an especially vicious mosquito season. As Friday can tell you, the little suckers make horses just as miserably itchy as they do people.
I don’t expect improvement until we get some hot weather…IF we get hot weather this year…and a couple of days’ blowout courtesy our “gentle spring zephyrs” always seems to set the population back a bit.
I wish we could get some swallows to nest in our barn, but maybe they’re turned off by the three batches of House Sparrows we have nesting in there. According to my handy-dandy information, insects only make up 4% of sparrow diet and 100% of swallow diet. (Maybe that’s why they’re called swallows. Gulp!) And, of course, the sparrows are helping themselves quite liberally to the chicken feed, so I doubt they’re even holding up their end of the 4% bargain.