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July 16, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No to O. Cruel fate.

mother and daughter. Lobby card 1944 film Curse of the Cat People. (USPD.pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Someday we’ll forget curb appeal and put on the window screens. Meanwhile just tell the school those are birthmarks, not impetigo.” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Is it a matter of taste? (When so many seem pleased with tastelessness)

It’s biting. Mosquito biting.

Darn annoying to fashion conscious students as red welts are never trendy.

If the young fashionistas who prefer abbreviated clothing to  long-sleeved protective attire, wail “O? No!”, will the next big cosmetic procedure be full blood change out transfusions?

Don’t laugh. Could happen considering the popularity of colored contacts, fat removal, fat implants, all sorts of cosmetic plastic surgery.

In the search for beauty, there is no pain.

If it’s true mosquitoes prefer some blood types to other, blood banks better get ready for the demand. 

All sorts of blood letting possibilities:

Lady Gaga’s 2010 meat dress might have been ahead of its’ time: a blood type disguise.

Shark Tank potential! Throw down “O” blood in flesh-like packets. Great for picnics.

Blood types could even become a notable item on dating web sites as some search for potential mates. People always want the best for their future children.

Where are the studies of whether blood type make a difference to the legendary vampires? (Thesis proposals in progress as we speak…)

Vampire Dracula looking at man. 1931 film. (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org

“Are you sure? You smell like O positive to me.”(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

It gets better: assassins. To be accurate, mosquito assassins.

Pesticides get swatted around here, so Harris County Precinct 4’s expert Anita Schiller and her team are focusing on an “assassin” insect. According Schiller, “The prey consumption rate is between 100 – 2,600 and up for 4,000 prey mosquitoes.”

Since this coastal area has five serious mosquito borne diseases, this is important work. Which could probably go a lot faster if their lab stopped flooding.

Natural born killers for pest control. This may be only scratching the surface of what is possible.

Hopefully these tiny mercenaries don’t turn on us and continue to be as beneficial as that buzzer that was introduced in the 16th century to North America: the honeybee.

Itching to see progress

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Insect monster Preying Mantis fighting army. 1957 film poster. Reynold Brown (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wiikimedia.org)

Importing these were prohibited. Invasive species regulations have more bite than mosquitoes. (Reynold Brown/USPD/Commons.wiikimedia.org)

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  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 16 2018 6:19 am

    we have just one… and it drives us crazy… probably the reincarnation of Vlad Dracul, it’s bloodthirsty like hell ;O(

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 7:58 am

      If you have one, you might as well have a flock of them. (They lurk until bedtime, then no matter how much you cover up, they find that one exposed spot….arrrrgh)
      Thanks for swatting down a remark to leave.

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  2. cat9984 / Jul 16 2018 6:24 am

    I know bugs are bigger in Florida than in Michigan. Is that true for you as well? I’m picturing the assassin bugs the size of bees. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 8:11 am

      Different species of mosquitoes bite at different times of the day – right now we seem to have all of them 24-7. (One reason heart worm prevention is so important for dogs here…I can see far too many buzzy guys swarming around Molly looking for a landing spot.)
      Alaska has the largest sized mosquitoes- so as an O, I probably won’t make it there.
      Thanks for flying by with a comment

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  3. Jay / Jul 16 2018 6:30 am

    Welcome news! Mosquitoes *love* my wife and generally *detest* me. Might be blood types, eh? Now if only we knew what type we have.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 8:17 am

      You could at least put on some mosquito attracting lotion or something so you could share her misery HAHA
      Your driver’s licenses don’t have blood types on them? Some do in case of emergencies. As kids during the Cuban crisis we all wore metal “dog tags” like the military had with info including blood type. My parents debated whether wearing those would make us more frightened. We’re located a lot closer to Cuba than yo are, so that may have been a local school district decision.
      Bet your doc knows what blood type you are, but as mine says, if there’s an emergency, they will type you quickly anyway. Maybe they just ask a resident mosquito?
      Thanks for biting into this topic!

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  4. shoreacres / Jul 16 2018 6:41 am

    Well, I’m AB negative. If that’s the least attractive blood type, I sure feel sorry for the bearers of O, as I’ve not noticed any mosquitoes turning up their stingers and saying, “Oh, yuck. AB. Let’s go elsewhere.” I reallyreallyreally want to go down to the refuge for a couple of hours this week, but I’ve heard the stories. I’m getting out a set of clothes to spray with permethrin, and buying a case of DEET-infused whatever. It takes some preparation, because that spray can affect even the outside of camera bodies — so none on the inside of the hands, please!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 8:35 am

      If they manage to mass produce those assassins, I’m going to request a bunch to leash to me outdoors. (Gads – do I let the plants die of thirst or risk drawing mosquitoes by giving them a drink?)
      Cover up good – nasty mosquitoes already detected.(Is it possible this is all a plot by Mother Nature to keep humans off her very lovely areas – some of which are fragile or have inhabitants who do not wish to be disturbed this time of year?)
      Snakes and mosquitoes- when will fall get here? (about Christmas…)
      thanks for swatting down a comment to leave

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  5. Kate Crimmins / Jul 16 2018 7:17 am

    When I was married to my ex, he was a magnet for all sorts of bugs — mosquitoes, fleas, etc. I found that divorce also took away that protection for me. Now they find me tasty without him around. I should have fought for his blood rights! We have frogs from the pond and they are supposed to eat them but they are not eating fast enough! I had a virus earlier this year and was tested for all the mosquito borne diseases. Scary!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 8:39 am

      I, too, am the neighborhood mosquito magnet. Some of those mosquito diseases are quite scary. We have any army of assorted lizards, and birds, and a bat or two, but they aren’t gobbling fast enough here either. Flying assassins infiltrating mosquito conventions are my only hope.
      Thanks for the buzzy comment

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  6. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jul 16 2018 8:05 am

    I definitely believe that mosquitoes like some people more than others – they eat a couple people I know alive, and more or less leave me alone.

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  7. Spinster / Jul 16 2018 10:56 am

    Glad I’m not O, then.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 3:19 pm

      Oh, don’t worry – it may be colors you wear, perfume, lotion, skin texture or color….can’t escape the buzz no matter how much we try! Thanks for scratching out a comment to leave

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  8. Xena and Lucy / Jul 16 2018 12:08 pm

    Release the bats from the belfry and let them eat their fill. Of course,the bat population is dwindling from terrible bat diseases, which probably has something to do with the rise in the mosquito population. Hmm. I wonder if they got their bat diseases from mosqitoes…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 3:18 pm

      Eerie question. Our big bat colony in the city center was hit really hard by the freezes last winter – and double whammy with the massive floods. They are rebuilding, too. We’re out where wetlands, marshes, and coastal prairie land which means there are some bats that prefer a more healthy less urban lifestyle. Sometimes at night we spot a couple swooping around. There’s couple of owls frequently around, too.
      Bats carry over a hundred viruses – almost as many as rat. They live close together and so stuff spreads through colonies. Can’t find out where the bats get the viruses from – may just be natural for them. Sadly bat diets only consist of 1% of so of mosquitoes …they need to eat faster…
      Thanks for buzzing by with a comment

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  9. the dune mouse (CybeleMoon) / Jul 18 2018 12:05 pm

    My partner likes to zap the little Bug ers with some kind of electrified badminton racket he found at Canadian Tire. The problem is everyone has to stand back when he starts swinging. Id probably put him in the dangerous pest category himself.

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  10. Pied Type / Jul 18 2018 7:32 pm

    There’s a lot to be said for a high, dry climate. Skeeters don’t care for it.

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  11. RKLikesReeses / Jul 20 2018 4:22 am

    Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh! Two of my favorite movies!

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  12. RKLikesReeses / Jul 20 2018 4:35 am

    Whoops. Big fingers, little screen. Hit “send” too soon! Will be back later to finish that comment. In the meantime, WOW! This post!! Scary & brilliant.
    ::runs::

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  13. Robpixaday Designs / Jul 20 2018 8:55 am

    ::runs back::
    Me, again.
    Mosquitoes! That sound they make! “EEEEEEEEEE!!!” Awful. And they love munching on me. Ick. I hope that whatever “natural born killers” are enlisted to help do only that. We have “cicada killer wasps” this time of year (in some areas, like my backyard, and not others). They’re like winged aircraft carriers. They bite. They supposedly paralyze their victims (cicadas) and then fly them into their underground homes. Lawn guys freak out. People run. But pest control services aren’t allowed to kill them bec the state protects them. They were brought in to keep the cicada population down. Not sure how that’s going, but there sure are a lot of cicada killer wasps.
    About the vampires, the movies: LOVED those movies, had a massive crush on Bela Lugosi when I was a kid.
    Your writing is brilliant.
    Not proofing this. The Princesses are annoyed. 😉

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