Skeeter Meter

June 12th, 2014 at 2:11 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

animated-mosquito   How about we do a skeeter-meter… Leave a comment and let us know how the bugs are in your neck of the woods…skeeters, fireflies, butterflies, mayflies, etc.   How about birds that are showing up in your yard or at your feeders.  How’s the lake water temperature or level of your lake or river…how’s the fishing…how do your crops/garden look.

Also:  June is 3.2° warmer than average for June 1-11.  Gusts to 91 mph reported near Ness City, Kansas 65 mph in Salina KS., 63 mph reported near Latrobe, PA.  Winds over 100 mph in Hurricane Cristina off the SW Coast of MexicoPurple lightning in N. GermanyLightning in Charlotte NC.  WOW!  Check out the floodwaters going over Iguazu falls in Argentina.

74 Responses to “Skeeter Meter”

  1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    Skeeter just snuck in letting the dogs out. Rrrrr. Sure I’ll wake up to a buzzzz later.

  2. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    The heavy rain will have caused more areas of standing water and puddles. This will allow for more skeeters to arrive. Those little bugs are very annoying to sau the least. I remember back several years ago, they used to spray the entire area for skeeters. This was an area off of Lake Erie where we spent many summers. The spray/fog seemed to work for a few days.

  3. Skeeters are about 100 a cubic foot. Don’t breathe with your mouth open or you will get some in there. Standing water in my woods doesn’t help. Everything is lush and green and gives them plenty of spaces to hide. Step out into the open outdoors and they swarm like angry hornets. They bite through the repellents. They don’t care. They want your blood NOW. I hate to open the door a crack for the cat to come in or go out. They sneak in. They are very tiny with a big bite! Forget the outdoors in June in this area!

  4. Ben (Charlotte MI) says:

    I would say the skeeters here are at a “medium” level. Not nearly as bad as during our wet spring last year. Last spring I was afraid to even go outside. I live about a half mile from the Thornapple River in Eaton County, which seems to make the mosquitoes worse than they would be otherwise.

  5. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Can we get a wxyz forecast update from the flint/Detroit suburbs please? ;)

    The 90 is gone… Maybe it will be back tomorrow.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      You won’t hear about it until they throw another 90 up on the board. :-)

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Nothing like forecast flipping by 10 degrees.

  6. Ty L. says:

    Skeeters are not as bad as last year. Fireflies are the most I have seen in years. Must be they like cold winters. Butterflies are about average.

  7. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    They’re bad around here. Worst I’ve seek in several years. I found two buzzing around in my refrigerator. Good thing we stocked up on the repellent, the local Meijer ran out this past weekend.

  8. Shane says:

    Mosquitoes here in Portland were really bad, but in the last few days they have vanished. Oddly enough, all of our squirrels that we had on the property have also vanished. How odd.

  9. John says:

    Lights are beginning to fade… room is tilting and spinning…feeling faint from the blood loss. Worst skeeters in memory.

  10. Fredster says:

    We live in Rockford and I would rate them a medium – noticeable but manageable. We also have a weekend place in the Baldwin area and the skeeters/bugs/gnats are the worse we’ve ever seen! You get swarmed the minute you go outside. We have put down insecticide a couple of times but they keep coming back.

  11. INDY says:

    No way another below normal day for west Michigan what a cool summer we have on going no 90′s yet!! Winter is coming!!! INDYY!!!

  12. DF (SE Mich) says:

    There are a few mosquitoes out in A2 but not too bad. The weather foiled Wednesday night races again last night… Not happy about that.

    1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

      It was strange in Holland..minimal visibility on Lake Michigan so we were on Lake Macatoilet, but to no wind. They postponed for 15 minutes to see if something would come up, and 4 minutes after they cancelled it, a breeze kicked up but also brought in the fog..and lots of it. They probably made the right call.

  13. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    It’s been an incredible stretch of mild weather.

    I’ve only had 2 below average days in the past 24 days (and those were only -1).

    Next week is still looking very mild as well.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Looks like the 90s forecasted for next week by WXYZ won’t happen. No complaints here!

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        They were only expecting one 90 but now it’s looking more like 82-85. I’ll take it as well!

  14. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    El Nino is already starting to be felt around the world.

    The warm ocean temps are bringing semi-tropical fish to the California coast several months earlier than usual.

    “The first yellowfin tuna was caught in May — that has never happened before to anybody’s recollection.” “And the other thing too is the first dorado Mahi Mahi — first of June,” Barnett added, “that has never happened before. They really like the warm water and you normally don’t see them here until September.”

    Peruvian fishmeal prices are soaring due to poor catches.

    Cocoa, coffee, sugar and palm oil supply concerns are increasing.

    “This looks really a lot like the ’97-’98 El Niño event, which was one of the biggest ones ever recorded,” said Tim Barnett, marine research physicist emeritus with Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

    “We’ll just have to wait and see how things develop in the summer,” he added.

    http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jun/11/unusual-fish-catches-san-diego-signal-large-scale-/

    1. Jacob G says:

      Here fishy fishy…crap I just took the bait. You know Travis you keep wanting the Super El Nino to boost global temps to record levels, but what is funny is that it goes against your argument that ocean temps don’t play a role. Super El Nino not this time around, sorry bud.

      1. INDY says:

        7 months and still talking up hill on our temps!! Should be a fun ride down weeeeeeeee!! Still no 90′s!!! and below normal temps = Itaravss!! I drink to that!!! INDYY!!

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Hate to go against Tim B. Marine Physicist at scrips but I have caught Dorado in June and a few miles out in front of Scripps…lol. No yellow fin but I’m almost positive it has happened before , however May is very early I agree. I think he is fishing for information in the wrong spot however , just a guess .

  15. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Fantastic. 3.2 degrees above average. What a great stretch of WARM weather. Who knew? Keep it coming. I love it.

  16. Kristine says:

    Out here in Saranac, they’re terrible. Clouds around you as you step outside. We’ve emptied several cans of mosquito repellent so far this year, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to abate any time soon.

  17. Tyce (Green Lake/Caledonia) says:

    I would rate them at medium/low out by Green Lake area. I noticed a few the other day, but not too bad. I was outside last night until 9:30 and didn’t see a single one. Last Saturday I was at a friend’s house in the woods a few miles south and they were terrible there.

    No lake water temps for a bit – I lost my thermometer. I did see a half dozen musk turtles in my yard Tuesday night after the rain looking a place to lay eggs.

  18. Janel says:

    Well we just got back from a vacation to the upper peninsula and the mosquitos are off the chart horrible!!!! They are literally in SWARM clouds and in order to walk around at all we had to be in jeans and long sleeve shirts with hoods and then our hands got bit! At the DNR station we could not even roll down our car window more than a crack and even then they came in. People had those hats on with netting on them for your head. Is this a record year for the mosquitos up there???

  19. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

    Skeeters nasty in northern Michigan, not bad at home in Holland though. Bass are in tight to shore, hitting pretty good on the old Hula Popper early in the morning and at dusk when the water calms down.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Ah, the Hula Popper. Tried and true. They’re killer along the lily pads this time of year.

  20. Brad says:

    I’m not looking forward to the brutality that awaits me along the Red Cedar…

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      We live about 150 yards from the Red Cedar, which is why I think they’re so bad around our house.

      1. Brad says:

        Absolutely awful out there today. At least I can escape it!

  21. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Love the NWS Detroit writeup this morning:

    Another dry and mild weekend ahead, as an upper level ridge ( 585 dam at 500 mb per 00z Euro ) builds over the central/eastern Great Lakes.

    How many perfect weekends in a row will this be?

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Agreed, the weekends have been awesome. Wxyz saying slightly below normal next week, looks perfect though in my opinion.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        Other then the rain yesterday it has been very nice now going back to late May. Mild temps and a lot of sunshine. Lets hope this stays this way all summer.
        SlimJim

      2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Huh?

        82 to 85 degrees is their Sunday to Thursday forecast. That definitely is not below normal.

      3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Considering they were calling for 90s next week but not now, I would question their credibility. :-)

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Pretty much every weekend this spring has been amazing.

  22. Benard Lamfers says:

    Jenison. Skeeters are frightful. If I work in the garden toward the back with tall flowers in seconds there are dozens on my face, arms, and legs.

    We do not feed birds during the summer months. Have seen the hummers for several weeks. We have Robins now busy with the second brood. Cardinals, doves, sparrows, and a few others all taking baths in the bird bath and drinking their fill on hot days. A cardinal made a nest and raised 3 in the Holly shrub at the end of our drive way a few weeks back. The robins raised a brood in the Bradford tree in our front lawn. Birds are very active. As soon as I disturb the soil in the garden they come an investigate.

  23. INDY says:

    Skeeters are out of control Bill must be the cool wet weather we are having! If only it would get hot the skeeters may pop!! INDYY!!

  24. kevin. w says:

    Don’t go to the upper peninsula for awhile they are horrible. Everything hatched at the same time. May flies, mosquitoes and black flies all came out the same day. You could here the may flies buzzing from a couple hundred feet from shore and when you came in for the night you got attacked by all the above. The mosquitoes are about the size of your thumb and I still have a couple a big bites on my arms and legs. The only thing that worked was sitting by the campfire or using a ton of just regular lotion and forget deets, off and the other crap which it didn’t even work. The lake water at Muskellunge lake was very cold. I actually took a trip up to take a peek at Lake Superior and found small blocks of ice which was absolutely amazing for early June. I won’t be up there til late August again so hopefully the bugs will have sucked enough blood from the vistors. Never seen so many bugs, good luck for anyone heading across the bridge.

    1. Cliff(KZOO) says:

      Awesome, me and the wife go up to Muskallonge state park every year for the 4th of July weekend. Heading up there on the 3rd this year, hopefully the bugs will have subsided by then. Beautiful area and love the fact that I get no cell phone service, peace and relaxation.

      1. kevin. w says:

        The last part is the best part..getting away from the phone, computer and you have no choice to relax. Lots of property going up for sale around the lakes I noticed as well.

        1. Cliff(KZOO) says:

          I noticed that as well with lots of property and houses for sale. Really cheap I might add.

  25. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    It was indeed a very wet here yesterday I recorded 1.87” of total rain for the event. And I am sure that will create a ideal breading ground for the skeeters and they will soon be out if full force.
    Right now I have cloudy skies and a cool temp of 67° and tomorrow also looks to be cool. In fact Joe B. is now hinting at some record cold in the northern part of the country later in June. We shall see how that plays out.
    SlimJim

  26. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Now while the first 11 days of June have been above average temp wise much of Michigan still has not recorded its first 90° day (there have been some 90° readings just not wide spread) and the question now becomes if and when will more stations record their first 90° day? Or will it be one of the rare summers where we do not reach 90° in much of lower Michigan? My guess right now is that we will have 3 90° days but some of the paid long range guessers claim we may or may not. One long range guess that comes to mind is good old Joe B but we shall see.
    SlimJim

  27. INDY says:

    Tomorrow some towns in Michigan may not even get out of the 50′s that’s cold for the middle of June!! INDYY!!!!

  28. High levels east of Ravenna by Crockery Lake.
    I felt like I had been attacked by Dracula, coming in from the car last night.

  29. INDY says:

    58* out at thee YARDofBRICKS….TURN UP THE HEAT!! INDYYY!!

  30. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Skeeter Meter….. In Cedar S around my home on a skeeto- meter of 1 – 10 I’m thinking a solid 9.5 and these skeeters are a well rested smart bread of skeeter , as they tend to wait by the doors to make a mad dash inside my home. I have sprayed around the house which has made a huge difference but I guess time will tell and Sunday -Wednesday of next week should be a good gauge once the humidity comes up and a bit of rain possibly. I think I need to invest in a Bat house , as rumor has it , those work well. Right GLD…!! :)

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      * breed …*

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      I still have very few mosquitoes, thanks to my bat families! One medium-sized bat house can hold 50 to 100 bats. Good pets – quiet, and don’t make a mess…LOL! (Actually, I’ve been told that bat guano sells for big bucks to the, um, “growers” of herbal things) Mine was full last year – but I think the super-cold winter killed some off (or they simply went someplace else to live) I buy mine from the Bat Conservation League – helps them out, and they make nice, sturdy houses.

  31. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Are the mosquitoes usually worse in West Michigan than SE Michigan?

    We received more than double the amount of rain you guys did in May, and yet they aren’t bad here at all.

    On a scale of 1-10, my skeeter meter would be a 4 right now.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      A lot depends on if you live in the city or out in the country. Here at my house so far the mosquitoes
      Have not been too bad yet (but did receive almost 2” of rain yesterday) but have had some issues with fly’s and ants.
      SlimJim

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I would defer to DF since he’s been in both areas recently.

  32. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    The bugs are loving the above average temps this spring. What great WARM weather. I love it.

  33. INDY says:

    wow up to 62* now out at thee YARDofBRICKS!! who would of rody thought below normal today!! INDYY!!

  34. The mosquitoes here in Southern Kent County are not bad at all actually. I can sit outside without having to wear bug spray during the evening. I am sure with the rain we got they will begin to pop more. My skeeter meter I would say is a 3/10.

    My dads friend was in Delta County, Michigan fishing in the Upper Peninsula and he says the mosquitoes are absolutely nasty and he was talking to some locals and he said the mosquitoes are nasty, some of the worst they have seen in some time.

  35. From the NWS

    THE SURFACE FRONTAL ZONE SLOWS DOWN AS IT ATTEMPTS TO PUSH THROUGH
    LOWER MI MON. ANOTHER LOW LEVEL JET IS SHOWN TO NOSE INTO IL AND IA
    MON NIGHT. WITH THE BEST ELEVATED INSTABILITY UP IN SRN
    WISCONSIN…IT APPEARS TO BE A GOOD ENVIRONMENT FOR AN MCS…MAINLY
    MON NIGHT..THAT WOULD TRACK THROUGH THE SRN GREAT LAKES REGION.
    HIGH RES EURO SUGGESTS THIS SCENARIO WHILE THE GFS IS ABOUT A STATE
    FURTHER SOUTH WITH THIS SETUP…AIMING THE MAIN ACTION DOWN IN IA.

    If I had to bet on it, it will take the southerly track the next few days. Just how it seems to work around here this year. I hope I am wrong though!

  36. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Skeeter not bad down here, but ticks are awful this year.

  37. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Confirmed EF-1 tornado touch down yesterday south of Saginaw.

    1. Any structure damage to report?

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Check out MLive.

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      There was a side of a house taken out and a whole barn flattened to the ground, and a tree through a house, that’s what I know at this point. The news stations on the east side of the state probably have more pictures.

  38. INDY says:

    If we want storms we need to get the cold out of the area!! INDYY!!

  39. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

    It is always a bit rare for me to see a mosquito where I live, no matter what year, no matter what the weather. I’m guessing it’s because I am on relatively high ground, no standing water anywhere around me. It makes for pleasant evenings outside.

    And the rare mosquitoes that I do see don’t seem to be very healthy. If I look real close, they are on crutches and in wheelchairs. It almost seems cruel to swat them.

    I also spread insect-killer “granules” around the house. It seems to work quite well on the ground crawling insects. Easy to do and dirt cheap.

    I got a little over 2″ of rain yesterday. We really needed it.

    It also shows how there can be big differences in precipitation over short distances.

  40. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Hey Bill, be thankful you’re a meteorologist in in the good ole USA. Look at the fear on the faces of the poor folks in the photo.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/12/world/asia/north-korea-kim-weather/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      But North Korea is doing such a wonderful job at reducing their carbon footprint: http://upbynoon.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/korea_night1.jpg

  41. Jack says:

    BUZZ Facts on Skeeters :::: How fast can mosquitoes fly?
    Depending upon the species, mosquitoes can fly at about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
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    How far can mosquitoes fly?
    Mosquito species preferring to breed around the house, like the Asian Tiger Mosquito, have limited flight ranges of about 300 feet. Most species have flight ranges of 1-3 miles. Certain large pool breeders in the Midwest are often found up to 7 miles from known breeding spots. The undisputed champions, though, are the saltmarsh breeders – having been known to migrate up to 100 miles in exceptional circumstances, although 20 to 40 miles are much more common when hosts are scarce. When caught up in updrafts that direct them into winds high above the ground, mosquitoes can be carried great distances.
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    How much do they weigh?
    Smaller species found around houses commonly weigh about 2.5 milligrams. Our largest species weigh in at a whopping 10 milligrams.
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    How much blood does a mosquito take in a meal?
    When feeding to repletion, mosquitoes imbibe anywhere from 0.001 to 0.01 milliliter.
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    Why do mosquitoes feed on blood?
    Female mosquitoes imbibe blood so that their eggs can mature prior to laying. It serves no nourishment function. Males do not take blood meals at all. In order to obtain energy, both male and female mosquitoes feed upon plant nectars – much in the same manner as honeybees.
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    What good do mosquitoes do?
    Mosquitoes fill a variety of niches which nature provides. As such, placing a value on their existence is generally inappropriate. Although the fossil record is incomplete, they have been known from the Cretaceous Period (about 100 million years ago) in North America. Their adaptability has made them extraordinarily successful, with upwards of 2,700 species worldwide. Mosquitoes serve as food sources for a variety of organisms but are not crucial to any predator species.
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    How long do mosquitoes live?
    Lifespan vary by species. Most adult female mosquitoes live 2-3 weeks. Some species that over-winter in garages, culverts and attics can live as long as 6 months.
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    If mosquitoes were eradicated, how would this affect the ecosystem?
    Given that Nature abhors a vacuum, other species will fill the niches vacated by the mosquitoes after an initial shuffling period of variable length. Be advised, though, that species replacing mosquitoes may be even worse – it’s extremely difficult to predict. Mosquitoes’ ability to adapt to changing environments would make them all but impossible to eradicate.
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    How high do mosquitoes fly?
    In general, mosquitoes that bite humans prefer to fly at heights of less than 25 ft. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes have been found breeding in treeholes over 40 feet above ground. In Singapore, they have been found in apartments 21 stories above ground. Mosquitoes have been found breeding up to 8,000 feet in the Himalayas and 2000 feet underground in mines in India.
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    Can mosquitoes transmit AIDS?
    Many studies have been conducted on this issue in the United States and abroad. To my knowledge, there has never been a successful transfer of the virus from an infected source to another host by bloodfeeding insects under experimental conditions. The experts have concluded that the insects are not capable of such transmission. Many biological reasons would lead one to this same conclusion, but the extensive experimental studies are the most powerful evidence for the conclusion.

  42. Yvonne (Caledonia) says:

    Mayflies lots! Skeeters not so much. Fireflies have started showing up within the last week. Had several new birds show up to our feeders this spring, male and female Grosbeaks, Indigo Bunting, Northern Flicker, Yellow Warbler, Cedar Waxwings. Birds that come to our feeders year after year are male and female pairs of the Baltimore Orioles, Hummingbirds, White Breasted Nuthatches, Gold Finches, Cardinals, Starlings, Gackles, Robins, Black Cap Chickadees, House Finch, Cowbirds, Red Wing Blackbirds, Titmouse, Wrens, Sparrows, Doves, Downy Woodpeckers, Red Belly Woodpeckers, Blue Jays and a Peregrin Falgon that hangs out in our area trying to catch a bird off our deck and small woods off our back yard. Heard Screeh Owl one time but haven’t heard or seen it since. Got some great photos of most of these birds, love the birds :)

    1. Yvonne (Caledonia) says:

      oh Butterflies, no so many, saw a couple Swallowtails so far but that’s it…

      1. Jack says:

        Wow,Yvonne !!! Your story about Your Birds, sounds very Close to What is Happening in My Back YARD. Would, You Like to Share Some of Your PICS. ? I love Bird-Watching !!! I have Lots of Different COLORED Squirrels as Well, Which I Hand FEED. When They KNOCK on My Back Door !! My Lady, and I Have Named Them over The Years. Lots of Fun, To Feed & Watch and ENJOY, GOD’S CREATION !! God is GOOD…..All The TIME !! Amen, stay CUEDD…… :-)

        1. Yvonne (Caledonia) says:

          Thanks Jack, sure I would love to share some photos but not sure where I need to upload them to.. Funny thing with Squirrels and Chipmucks in our yard, we haven’t seen many at all and I am thinking it’s because of that Falcon hanging around! He was sure hunting big time in our area over the winter. And yes! God is Good, love His creation! :)

  43. Julie says:

    We were up at Wilderness State park and they were monumental! I have never seen so many skeeters in my life.

  44. JulieInDorr says:

    Knock on wood! The skeeters seem to be mostly AWOL from the Dorr area. We’re in a rural part of the township and have worked outside right up until dark many evenings the past couple weeks with very few of the little vampires bothering us. We’ll have to see if that changes after the upcoming rains…might be a whole new story then!
    Note to Yvonne – we’re seeing many more pairs of Baltimore Orioles this year than in the past and I even have a pair of Orchard Orioles – never noticed them before so I think they are new! Of course it might all be due to the endless supply of grape jelly at the feeder….

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