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ddoublee
Newbie

USA
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Posted - 06/23/2013 :  10:37:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As I narrow down my search for a retirement location. One of the things I have decided that I can live without (or at least a minimum of) is mosquitos! As I have researched on the web, I have found mixed responses on the mosquito level at or near Volcano. I think some of the negatives were from in the National Park, which I realize extends from several thousand feet elevation, down to sea level. Can anyone comment on mosquito level in and around the immediate area of Volcano?
Thanx!

VancouverIslander
Da Kine

Canada
309 Posts

Posted - 06/23/2013 :  18:39:07  Show Profile  Visit VancouverIslander's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My place is in Mountain View (Eden Roc subdivision) and I have very few mosquitoes. I would expect it to be pretty similar around Volcano. There is almost no standing water because the land is essentially lava with a few inches of soil on top. The drainage is excellent. There are puddles in the road and that's about it. I have a fish pond and that does a great job of attracting the few mosquitoes around - and making them lunch for the fish. Of course, it could be very different a few miles down the road.
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rainyjim
Punatic

1277 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2013 :  12:47:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting article about Mosquitos I thought you'd find helpful.

http://www.usgs.gov/ecosystems/pierc/files/factsheets/pigs.pdf

Edited by - rainyjim on 06/24/2013 12:47:58
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MarkP
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Posted - 06/24/2013 :  21:05:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm in Eden Roc too and can report few mosquitoes. Some, but very few.
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kalakoa
Punatic

3350 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2013 :  06:55:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Granted it's not "near Volcano", but I've heard that Black Sands has the worst mosquitos of all Puna subdivisions.

The mosquitos are "not bad" here in Lower East Mountain View.
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ericlp
Punatic

China
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Posted - 06/25/2013 :  16:22:02  Show Profile  Visit ericlp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I live in Hawaiian Beaches... And gasp...... I don't have any mosquitos. Reason? I plant all my trees FAR away from the my house. Mosquitos love shade... If you keep a good buffer of short maintained lawn around your home you can drastically reduce the amount of bugs.

One thing to note about volcano. If you are looking for Sunny days with gentle warm tropical breeze you know with palm trees swaying ... If that's your idea of Hawaii than volcano might not be for you....
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ddoublee
Newbie

USA
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Posted - 06/26/2013 :  05:14:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kalakoa

Granted it's not "near Volcano", but I've heard that Black Sands has the worst mosquitos of all Puna subdivisions.

The mosquitos are "not bad" here in Lower East Mountain View.


Good to know! Not too far down the road from my second choice Leilani estates.... Which has it's fair share, however highly variable, even within just a few hundred feet!
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ddoublee
Newbie

USA
10 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2013 :  05:18:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlp

I live in Hawaiian Beaches... And gasp...... I don't have any mosquitos. Reason? I plant all my trees FAR away from the my house. Mosquitos love shade... If you keep a good buffer of short maintained lawn around your home you can drastically reduce the amount of bugs.

One thing to note about volcano. If you are looking for Sunny days with gentle warm tropical breeze you know with palm trees swaying ... If that's your idea of Hawaii than volcano might not be for you....

Very familiar with the 'climate' in Volcano....Have often pondered "Am I still in Hawaii" when passing through the area. Absence of heat is one of my top priorities, and yes I will miss the palm bonanza that I had envisioned, but plenty of other cool plants still thrive in that setting (and if you don't look too close, tree ferns almost look like palm trees ). Can always head down the hill if I need a 'fix' of palms

Edited by - ddoublee on 06/26/2013 07:43:56
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bananahead
Kamaaina

USA
594 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2013 :  09:31:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the higher you go the less mosquito prob, same with coqui
both dont like the colder nights as much as the lowlands

worst will be areas along the coast that have dead air ie Black Sands Sub, Orchidland, etc.

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save our indigenous and endemic Hawaiian Plants... learn about them, grow them, and plant them on your property, ....instead of all that invasive non-native garbage I see in most yards... aloha
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bananahead
Kamaaina

USA
594 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2013 :  09:40:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
most all palms, besides the introduced coconuts, will grow in upper Puna, most love water

we have our own endemic palm to Puna, only found above 3,000' in upper Puna/SoHilo Dist, the 'Kilauea Loulu' (Pritchardia beccariana)
...easiest seen on sides of the road along Stainback Hwy near Kulani, or in the Ola'a Forest Reserve...
Pritchardia beccariana is one of 23 different endemic Loulu Palms in the state

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save our indigenous and endemic Hawaiian Plants... learn about them, grow them, and plant them on your property, ....instead of all that invasive non-native garbage I see in most yards... aloha
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MarkP
Punatic

1033 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2013 :  21:33:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bananahead

the higher you go the less mosquito prob, same with coqui
both dont like the colder nights as much as the lowlands.


We got plenty of coquis here in Eden Roc.
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unknownjulie
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1551 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2013 :  06:08:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I havent been too bothered by them in Orchidland, but they are around.
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Bullwinkle
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3133 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2013 :  10:29:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And....... after a couple of weeks the sketers seem to leave one alone - not sure if we ajust - or they do.....

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ddoublee
Newbie

USA
10 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2013 :  07:05:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bullwinkle

And....... after a couple of weeks the sketers seem to leave one alone - not sure if we ajust - or they do.....



I've heard that many times....However I'm a favorite of the skeeters, so even if they like me less after time, they'll still probably like me most
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Oregon Woodsmoke
malihini

USA
76 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2013 :  16:16:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You develop an immunity to their bites. They are still biting you, but you aren't getting the itchy welt.
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microage97
Da Kine

298 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2013 :  05:55:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yup. i never get a bump any more and most of the time not even a red spot. Still feeling the bite though...
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