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Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: DPardue - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/20/2010
Location: Durham, NC
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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 2:40 PM




How bad is the mosquito problem on Portsmouth Island in early October?

Thanks.

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RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: hoi toide - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/24/2007
Location: Piney Woods of TX
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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 3:18 PM




are you heading to the oceanside or soundside or both? I should think it would have much to do with rainfall in the weeks prior. Can i come too? Blinking smiley

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: DPardue - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/20/2010
Location: Durham, NC
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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 3:35 PM




Sure, Hoi. The October trip will be my 34th to the Outer Banks, yet I've never been to Portsmouth Island. You can serve as the official Pamlico Mosquito Specialist.

Not having been to Portsmouth before, I can't say if it would be soundside or oceanside...probably whichever has the least number of skin biters.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: derf - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 4:47 PM




the worst mosquitoes i've ever seen were in the middle of oct !!
huge swarms of them ... was afraid to open the camper door to go out !

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: SeaBeasties - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 4:57 PM




we went to Portsmouth in April... ocean side was really nice... sound side, visiting the village, was brutal with mosquitoes

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: Free Agent - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 5:52 PM




Deet is the key word Banana Banana



RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: Blue Fish - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/3/2012
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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 6:01 PM




I've been twice around that time of year and it was pretty bad both times. Still, if you go prepared, you can still do it. Below is a link to some video I shot that includes one of the trips.



youtu.be/UpPeg01UJeI

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: DPardue - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/20/2010
Location: Durham, NC
Total Posts: 357

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 9:59 AM




Might have to hold off and try to do this in the dead of winter then.

Thanks for the advice. There would be four of us going. I don't think they would take too well to swarms and swarms.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: Valhalla - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/23/2012 10:01 AM




One word: DEET! As strong as you can get.

About 14 years ago in early October my wife and I took an ATV tour of Portsmouth from Ocracoke. Oceanside was fine, hardly a bug nor human in sight. We start heading toward the village and our guide stops before we get to the interior of the island to allow us to apply our DEET and suggests that we put on the supplied mosquitoe netting for our heads. Mosquitoes weren't bad at this point and nobody in the party except our guide cared to look like dorks so we didn't put them on. We traveled a bit further inland to a spot under some trees to park our ATVs and walk the rest of the way into the village. We were immediately covered in mosquitoes. They were voracious and were landing on the roasting hot engines of our ATVs being attracted to heat and CO2. Even with generous quantities of DEET they still landed on our skin but they don't bite. Of course, we put the netting on right away otherwise they get in your eyes and mouth. Once we got used to their presence and them landing on us constantly we had a great time exploring this wonderful place. It was welcome relief when we returned to the oceanside and I was able to bodysurf some glorious waves and get that yucky chemical off my skin.

I don't mean to dissuade your potential visit to Portsmouth. It is well worth it to go where few venture and I would love to do it again. You just need to be prepared and aware of what's there. I live in south Florida and am no stranger to these man eaters. But to this day, whenever the topic of mosquitoes comes up both my wife and I remember that trip and will exclaim that we have never experienced them as thick as they were on Portsmouth. And I still can't understand how people survived back in the days before window screens and bug spraying.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: hoi toide - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/23/2012 10:20 AM




I AM ALL ITCHY NOW!!!

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: jellybear - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/23/2012 10:51 AM




Are you serious ! The Skeeters will be bad there till the first real frost in January.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: nehall - (Send PM)
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Location: Martinsville, VA
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Date Posted: 8/23/2012 7:18 PM




Check this website out. They really work well. After our first trip to the village, we came home and ordered the shirt with the built in hood. Never travel to Hatteras without it.


http://www.bugbaffler.com

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: hoi toide - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/24/2007
Location: Piney Woods of TX
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Date Posted: 8/23/2012 7:33 PM




we went to a wedding in October. The problem was crossing from soundside village over to the oceanside, as the ginormous mosquitos are at the duneline. They are thick, it is awful. The beekeeper rig is the way to go w/ super DEET, though I'd want to get that off ASAP. The trick would be to stay on one side or the other, which is how Austin's ferry service from Ocracoke runs. Island

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: Bluejay - (Send PM)
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Location: Titusville, PA
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Date Posted: 8/24/2012 2:04 PM




Check this website out. They really work well. After our first trip to the village, we came home and ordered the shirt with the built in hood. Never travel to Hatteras without it.


http://www.bugbaffler.com



Ooh, the leggins are kinda sexy! Maybe they could make the hood like like an I Dream of Jeannie fez. smiley

Gotta be careful with the mesh, because they'll bite right through it if it's tight against the skin. For those who haven't heard my story, we arrived on the village side via kayak. Landed the boats behind the church, not a skeeter in sight. We pulled out our lunches, had a nice meal, still no skeeters. So we started walking toward the church. Uh-oh! Once they got a bead on us, it was game-on. So we dashed back to the kayaks and put on our long sleeves, the Deep Woods Off, the Maxi-DEET, the netting, and bolted for the church. Once inside, we sprayed the 29% DEET on our skin and the 99% Maxi-DEET on our clothes. The resulting fog totally swelled my eyes shut. I threw on the netting and ran for the door, gasping for breath. After I got into some fresh air, my eyes slowly started to open again. Had to rinse my hands off at one point because the DEET on them was melting the plastic parts on my camera. From that point on, we roamed about the village with our tiny entourage closely in tow.



RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: smlobx - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/13/2011
Location: Hatteras Village
Total Posts: 487

Date Posted: 8/24/2012 2:50 PM




Check this website out. They really work well. After our first trip to the village, we came home and ordered the shirt with the built in hood. Never travel to Hatteras without it.


http://www.bugbaffler.com



I'm planning a family kayaking trip to the Allagash River in Maine next year and my wife is a mosquito magnet...Now I know what to get her for Christmas!!

Thanks.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: 2naboat - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/17/2010
Location: SW Ohio
Total Posts: 546

Date Posted: 8/24/2012 3:25 PM




I am always curious about all the bugs that can't wait to bite on humans. What do they do when we aren't there? And why are there so many of them if there isn't much around for them to feed on?



RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: JPritch - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/24/2012 5:25 PM




I also don't see how people did it back in the day. They probably cursed the very places we like to get away to.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: nehall - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/16/2011
Location: Martinsville, VA
Total Posts: 1799

Date Posted: 8/24/2012 9:58 PM




Check this website out. They really work well. After our first trip to the village, we came home and ordered the shirt with the built in hood. Never travel to Hatteras without it.


http://www.bugbaffler.com



I'm planning a family kayaking trip to the Allagash River in Maine next year and my wife is a mosquito magnet...Now I know what to get her for Christmas!!

Thanks.




You're welcome. They really love me, too. I just ordered the leggings for our trip next month.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: Sheller - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/25/2009
Location: Parkersburg, WV
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Date Posted: 8/24/2012 10:10 PM




Because we go to Ocracoke in April and October each year... and always make the trip to Portsmouth Island, I have had a little experience with those skeeters.
We always go to the beach for shelling which is not too bad, but heaven help you if you go inland. If not protected, you will be eaten alive.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: Bluejay - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/23/2005
Location: Titusville, PA
Total Posts: 3556

Date Posted: 8/24/2012 11:58 PM




I am always curious about all the bugs that can't wait to bite on humans. What do they do when we aren't there? And why are there so many of them if there isn't much around for them to feed on?




I've always wondered this, too!

Regarding what they did in the old days, I was told that all the area around Portsmouth Village was kept groomed by roaming livestock, so there were no tall weeds to provide habitat for the bugs. Not sure how true that is, but that's what I've heard.

RE: Portsmouth Island...mosquitoes in October?
Posted By: Twinks - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/17/2008
Location: North of Pittsburgh in Wexford
Total Posts: 704

Date Posted: 8/25/2012 4:23 AM




Because we go to Ocracoke in April and October each year... and always make the trip to Portsmouth Island, I have had a little experience with those skeeters.
We always go to the beach for shelling which is not too bad, but heaven help you if you go inland. If not protected, you will be eaten alive.



When you go to Portsmouth are you doing the ATV tours or using some other resource to get there?

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