We were in Kuşadası today for our Turkish lessons and visited exciting places like Koçtaş and Tansaş. Whilst wandering round the aisles looking for essentials (like grout whitener and Riviera olive oil) we could not help but notice the displays of insecticides for the home. There is a new device out which sprays flies and crawly things automatically. We didn’t check out whether it does this on a timer or whether it has some way of detecting the undesirables. But it does seem to indicate that insect season is open.
We went walking on Pamucak beach a few days ago, up to the river and wetlands. We noticed that the biting insects were back for summer. This is something we live with, the wetlands are important for birds, those which stay here and those on migration. The extensive wetlands support a range of creatures and farming activity, they also produce mosquitoes.
In the wetlands we saw egrets, heard warblers, tits, thrushes. There were dragonfly which is good. Dragonfly and their larvae are voracious predators of mosquitoes. There are absolutely loads of swallows, both here in Selcuk, and over the wetlands, these too should help keep the bitey things down.
Hilary has a couple of insect bites, probably mosquito. Mosquitoes like Hilary. Ashley has a spider bite on his hand, nothing serious, but it was sore for a day or two and itchy for a week. We hope that soon the Belediye insect spraying truck will start on its rounds – keeping the mosquitoes down.