Hurricane Irene has come and gone...and most of us have finished (or nearly finished) our clean up. There are still a few piles of downed tree limbs here and there, one or two boats that need a little repair, and some shingles not yet replaced, but most of the repairs have been made.
And the invasions have begun! Almost everyone I talk with is complaining of ants..."highways" of ants climbing up walls, across kitchen counters, inside cupboards. They are marching and pillaging. And they are difficult to eradicate.
The mosquitoes are just as bad. The briefest few moments outside attracts a bevy of large voracious blood suckers. By the time you rush indoors your bare legs and arms are smeared with blood, and look like battlefields. Happily, the island mosquito control program is being implemented. In a few days we shall have conquered those flying nuisances, and I can enjoy my pizer once more.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the marine hospital on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082111.htm.