Are there bugs in the desert?

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Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by mooserider » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:06 pm

Just a curious burgin, wondering if I need to seal my sleeping quarters against bloodsucking critters. Other places I go camping, the tent and RV are kept sealed at all times due to gnats, mosquitoes, and no-see-ums, and we have to burn tea candles in the sink all night to incinerate the no-see-ums that still get through. The most common statement is, "Close the #%#$#!!! door!!!!" :lol:

Is this sort of thing an issue at BM? Or do we only have to deal with inanimate dust and not extremely animated (and hungry) insects?

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by VultureChow » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:12 pm

Nope. No bugs except what you bring with you.
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by FIGJAM » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:16 pm

VC is right!!!

One of the greatest things about the playa is that it's so desolate there are no bugs AT ALL, except what hitch hike in with the burners. 8)
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:42 pm

Snakes, as big as you've ever seen. But bugs, no.
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by FlyingMonkey » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:48 pm

I got hit in the head by a big flying bug one night last year & have seen praying mantis, small lizards & other critters too. But as stated above they are mostly hitchhikers & not locals. I think the alkaline dust makes the Playa less habitable than other deserts.

Really people, we need to work a little harder on our insect LNT plans.

But....since the weather has been so gentle the last few years I think we are due for a wind swept spider apocalypse like this.

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by lucky420 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:32 pm

Nasty ass Walker lake!
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Melonblue » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:34 pm

Spider apocalypse would have tickets flooding into STEP, mine included...

Blargh...there isn't enough fire for that many spiders...
Now I'm itchy...

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by maladroit » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:44 pm

Anything that makes an Aussie queasy is to be avoided.

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by VultureChow » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:46 pm

Yeah. Stupid spiders. They think it's just a big desert rave.

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Lonesomebri » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:08 pm

Not many bugs out there, but then, spiders and scorpions aren't really bugs.
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by TT120 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:09 pm

High desert jumping spider. These guys eat the scorpions out there.

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by mooserider » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:13 pm

Lonesomebri wrote:Not many bugs out there, but then, spiders and scorpions aren't really bugs.
Yeah, but they're too big to fit through the holes in the screen windows. 8)

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Drawingablank » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:20 pm

Have seen 2 scorpions there - they like to crawl into your nice warm possessions at night so always shake out your shoes before putting them on.
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Savannah » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:40 pm

apavlin wrote:Just a curious burgin, wondering if I need to seal my sleeping quarters against bloodsucking critters. Other places I go camping, the tent and RV are kept sealed at all times due to gnats, mosquitoes, and no-see-ums, and we have to burn tea candles in the sink all night to incinerate the no-see-ums that still get through. The most common statement is, "Close the #%#$#!!! door!!!!" :lol:
Your habit of closing the door will continue to serve you well, even though there are not really any bugs to speak of. For if you do not zip your windows and doors all the way (or if you have a tent with an unsealed rainfly--horrors) you may come back to a fine coat of dust on top of everything . . .
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by ygmir » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:49 pm

playa leaches, but only if there is standing water..................brine shrimp as well.........watch your orifices.
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by mudpuppy000 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:51 pm

I hate those port-o-spiders. Make sure to slam the lid a few times before you sit down.

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Post by VultureChow » Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:12 pm

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by krly » Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:33 pm

I've heard of tsetse flies but that was my first titsie spider (although not nearly as scary as a teste spider).
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by lucky420 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:26 pm

the scorpions in n. nv aren't really dangerous to humans unless youre allergic...

There cousins down south are real bastards though
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Zubeneschamali » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:14 pm

Bugs, hippies, sparkleponies, shirtcockers, DPW, we got 'em all. No screen will keep them out. Only solution is to stay incredibly drunk all week and yell out random quadratic equations in French.

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Lonesomebri » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:26 pm

Yeah, thank VultureChow for reminding me, not only are spiders not bugs, but even at the Burn they get more action than me. And "arachnid" doesn't mean that they are too big and can't get thru screens, it means they have enough legs to open your flimsy tent zipper that's gonna be blown out on day 2 due to dust and walk right in. And isn't the correct latin term for playa leaches "hippie"? And no screen is gonna keep them out, unless it's a task that needs doing. I'm figuring that for every person out there, the gear they hauled out of storage/the basement/garage/etc is carrying about a dozen spiders. Add in the porto-spiders and we are looking at a population approaching a quarter million. It might be better if there were alot of bugs out there to feed that hoard. Anyway, at night sometimes the lone dragonfly will buzz in, looking for the Nile virus carrying mosquito....
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Drawingablank » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:20 pm

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by fernley1 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:21 pm

A couple of weeks ago we camped on the playa and there were lots of gnats flying around. This was near 3 mile.

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Jovankat » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:05 am

maladroit wrote:Anything that makes an Aussie queasy is to be avoided.

I can't work out which post you're referring to as being from an Aussie.

That said though, FUCK THIS THREAD! I'm going to be looking over my shoulder (and between my boobs) all day like a crazy paranoid person.

*whole body shiver*

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by VultureChow » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:15 am

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by Dr. Pyro » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:19 am

Jovankat wrote: I'm going to be looking over my shoulder (and between my boobs) all day like a crazy paranoid person.
You won't be the only one.

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by ygmir » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:20 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:
Jovankat wrote: I'm going to be looking over my shoulder (and between my boobs) all day like a crazy paranoid person.
You won't be the only one.
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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by maladroit » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:50 pm

Jovankat wrote:
maladroit wrote:Anything that makes an Aussie queasy is to be avoided.

I can't work out which post you're referring to as being from an Aussie.

That said though, FUCK THIS THREAD! I'm going to be looking over my shoulder (and between my boobs) all day like a crazy paranoid person.

*whole body shiver*

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I thought the video of Walker Lake included a mention of heading back to Australia.

The playa nudists have the right idea!

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Re: Are there bugs in the desert?

Post by remi » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:16 pm

My buddy bought a new trailer for the burn, and it just so happened to have a family of mice living in there. After a couple days on the playa, we started finding dead mice under his trailer. There ended up being almost a dozen.
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