Something quite unusual is happening in the UK at the moment. We’re basking – in my case melting – in the heat. But I’m not complaining. What are the other problems? I’ve read that detectorists should be aware of cows, wild boar, adders, and deer when searching … but not much about the little critters … the insects!
For detectorists out in the field, kepi-type hats are essential to protect the neck from the sun, but how many have to good sense to take other precautions … until it’s too late!
Dave Learns his Lesson
The threat of mosquitoes was far from my mate Dave’s mind when he set off to detect on the one fine weekend we had last year. After all, this was England and not the Med!
He’d remembered the cans of cold beer.
Back to the present. A ‘plague of hungry mosquitoes‘ is set to invade Britain early in July 2019, experts have warned. Recent downpours combined with hot weather are making ideal breeding conditions for the bloodthirsty insects. The warm spell that the UK basked in around Easter is blamed for allowing the pesky bugs to come out of hibernation early to breed.
Anyway, I guess the farmers are pleased for this very un-British summer. The crops are lusher than normal due to the best growing season for years, and insects are also having a whale of a time. Through the shimmering humidity, detectorists should be aware, not just of the mosquitoes, but of clouds of other potentially dangerous insects. This is a very bad year for biters. The ants are also on the march!
Horse-flies are flourishing and are also capable of giving a painful bite to humans. It’s a battlefield out there! I understand that there are about 280 varieties!
Then there are the irritants! When encountered in the field, they can drive you crazy. I’m talking about thrips or thunder flies. On days like today it is far too hot to leave doors and windows closed. I’ve just read hundreds of solutions for keeping them off plants … but none for suggesting how I can prevent them from getting behind my computer screen! These pests feed on plants animals – and detectorists – by puncturing them and sucking up the contents.
If this situation becomes the norm then I’ll be seriously thinking about buying shares in companies that make insect repellant! But remember, it’ll only take one bout of severe cold winter weather to banish silly thoughts like that from my mind.
Wayne saw this on a forum today . . .