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“Ach, an corrmhíol diabhalta sin!” (Ach, that devilish mosquito!) – Ireland’s Mosquitoes Celebrate St Paddy’s Day!

It is about time to start thinking of Saint Paddy and the wearing of the green.  Celebrations are planned in the United States and certainly in Ireland, which has a somewhat mild climate.   But, did you know that Ireland has its share of mosquitoes?

The following was extracted from a report by Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 25-27 Middle Gardiner St, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Have we mosquitoes in Ireland?
We have mosquitoes in Ireland, the commonest being Culex pipiens. They can be seen hovering over water and marshy places in the late summer and early autumn, especially in the south and east of the country.

There are even blog postings related to mosquitoes in Ireland.
The following are comments from: http://www.johnbreslin.com/blog/2004/11/15/mosquito-in-ireland

by Patrick Flynn (not verified) – 09/19/2009 – 00:05
Hi,
I live in Co Leitrim and today captured what I was convinced was a mosquito…..I showed my mam and brothers but they wouldn’t believe me….now I know it was most definitely a mosquito….I was also getting rather large bites recently, mainly at night time and couldn’t believe that these were Midge bites…. however they were obviously mosquitoes!   I dont know what to make of all this…. xD

by Cara (not verified) – 09/12/2009 – 22:52
I captured a mosquito today in Kerry.   I checked mosquito images and this guy is one for sure.   There were about ten of them in the sitting room.

In 2009, a program was announced by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, in collaboration with University College Cork, to undertake the trapping and identification of Ireland’s 16 known species of mosquitoes.

So, when you are out celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and wearing green, remember the green and black labels on those Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles and consider that warmer weather is just around the corner.

You don’t want to be saying, as they do in Ireland, “Ach, an corrmhíol diabhalta sin!” (Ach, that devilish mosquito!)

 

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