I got home from school a bit late because I went to vote in the school board elections first. When I got there, my neighbor was finishing up some repair work on my one riding tractor/mower. He had it running nicely but was having the same trouble I have had with the mower deck's stopping now and then. We talked about it all for a while, taking up more time, so I ended up feeding the Boys, figuring I'd go out to work someone a bit later.
When I did go out, I could not resist some mowing so I managed to mow most of the front lawn before the darn deck stopped working again. There has to be something wrong with the switch mechanism or something. It's running beautifully, though, so I can use it for other chores and simply mow when it works. I do have another riding mower to use instead, so it's not a big deal, although I do like the way mower #1 cuts the grass much better.
When I went out to the barn, the horses were hiding inside, trying to escape the mosquitoes. I was going to lunge Chance but he was clearly not happy with the prospect of going outside. Instead I put the flysheets back on everyone. I'd taken them off the other night to replace them with regular sheets because it was cold out. Then, Monday, it was chilly and a bit windy so I left the sheets off altogether, as I did today. But tonight was another story. The bugs were back in force.
The very wet early spring has created a perfect breeding ground for the biting pests. I do have fly predators for the flies, but nothing to really do much about the mosquitoes. I do have a fogger, but I think I need some new insecticide for it. If these darn pests keep up at this intensity, I will start spraying. I honestly don't know what else to do to keep them at bay and give my poor Boys some respite.
I guess this means I need to work the horses before the sun starts to get low in the sky as that's when the little bloodsuckers seem to come out in numbers.
I'll also have to stock up on my Mosquito Halt horse spray. The Boys hate the smell, but the stuff does work.