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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

And It’s Here! Bug Season.

And It’s Here! Bug Season.

Most critters have some purpose in life, but I can’t think of a single good that comes from the mosquito. In some parts of the world they carry diseases.  Fortunately in most of our country, they just suck your blood and cause a lot of itching. This weekend as many of us welcomed the unofficial start of summer, we also welcomed the start of bug season. In Maine, the mosquitoes and black flies were hungry. While a nice breeze can keep them away, here are a few natural ideas on ways to keep these annoying, useless biting bugs away:

  • Get rid of any standing water including the water in a bird feeder or watering can.
  • Install a bat house near your property.
  • Find or purchase dragon flies — they just love to dine on mosquitoes and do it all day long.
  • When on a deck, use an oscillating fan and turn it on high.
  • If you have a hand bug zapper, give it to your child and she/ he will eliminate anything flying.

Or, refer to our list of Natural ways to keep bugs away. It is temping to spray DEET and other chemicals but there are better ways to beat the mosquito. If you have a trick of your own, pass it along.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.