wednesday word: nuisance

On Wednesdays, we (really, really try to) link up with Deb Runs for the  Wednesday Word. You can be part of the action, by checking out her page and linking up, too!

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Today’s word is…



That is a very hostile mosquito.

You see, while most of the country is enjoying the changing color of fall leaves, we have been plagued with these blood-sucking nuisances.


Mosquitos are just part of Florida life, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with them. Not only are mosquito bites itchy and uncomfortable, but they spread all kinds of unpleasant diseases, including, most recently, the Zika virus.

Our region sprays relentlessly, with both ground and aerial preventatives (the latter of which is met with a lot of resistance), but the standing water (from the hurricane flooding) and warm temperatures serve as a breeding ground for these gross insects, and options seem pretty limited.

As a primarily outdoor runner, this presents a bit of a problem. This week, I have been eaten alive, despite going out early in the morning, staying away from water, and using some buy spray.

There are few things as miserable as mosquito bites under the laces of your running shoes. Ugh.

Things have improved since the big spraying, but I am still sporting some pretty ugly (and itchy) welts that I am trying really hard not to scratch.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much help for it but to ride out the season. Hopefully, we will get a consistent cold snap that will take care of these nuisances once and for all. It would be nice to get to enjoy the outside again.

What kind of nuisances plague your daily life?

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13 Responses to wednesday word: nuisance

  1. We had a warm spell a week ago and all the mosquitos woke up. They feasted like it was the Last Supper! Ugh. We don’t have Zika here (yet) but we do have Lyme. They are such a nuisance…
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…The Nuisance Inside My HeadMy Profile

  2. oh those annoying mosquitos drove me crazy all summer but now they are gone. We do now have spider season so….
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…6.2 Reasons To Love A 10KMy Profile

  3. We had mosquitos early October which is late for us but it’s also been warmer than normal here. I’d probably hide away on a treadmill.
    Anna @Piper’s Run recently posted…Run, Barre, Yoga and PumpkinsMy Profile

  4. Carmy says:

    Oh dear god I hate them! They always nab me on a trail run during the warmer seasons
    Carmy recently posted…Mini Physical Update + Interview with an RMTMy Profile

  5. We didn’t seem to have much of a problem with mosquitoes, but those little black gnats were hungry. They were everywhere…I didn’t notice them when I was running, but just walking to the mailbox was a major nuisance. #eatenalive
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Is Running a Nuisance?My Profile

  6. Ugh, I hope the mosquitoes don’t stick around much longer.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…What I’m Looking Forward to About Wine and Dine WeekendMy Profile

  7. I HATE Mosquitoes, I hope it gets better. They only seem to come out here at night, so I stay inside or use NOW Foods Bug Spray.
    Toni @runninglovingliving recently posted…Prepping For The Pool #SwimWithSpeedo #ADMy Profile

  8. oh geez, bites under your laces? that sounds miserable! when we were in Rio we had to douse ourselves in bug spray (bc of zika and all haha) which is also a nuisance in and of itself!
    Patty @ Reach Your Peak recently posted…Week 18 – NYC Marathon TrainingMy Profile

  9. Oh my goodness, I never thought of mosquitos being a problem this time of year, but I guess so! How miserable and what a nuisance.

    Even though I’m late in reading your last week’s Wednesday Word post, I’m grateful that you linked up!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Why Trail Running Is No Longer An Esoteric Alternative To HikingMy Profile

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