Along with Summer comes Minnesota's State Bird.

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

Yes, the State Bird is out in full force.

Yes, it is the mosquito!

Shown here biting me this baby will grow a ton.  At full maturity he will reach 6-7 inches long and have a stinger as thick as a number 2 pencil!

The biggest issue is the West Nile virus and a few other illnesses that they do carry.

Protect yourself!  It is much easier and cheaper than fighting a major illness!

Comments (27)

Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I grew up in the Midwest. I know all about this biting kind of bird, and I hate it. I'm so glad I don't have to deal with it in my area. Congratulations on the feature.

Jun 05, 2013 11:38 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Hysterical.  You always have such a great take on a subject making them fun to read.  Get yourself a big can of Raid or sit in a screened porch and make fun of them.

Jun 05, 2013 11:50 PM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I didn't know that a mosquito could be a State Bird.  We seem to have some of your State Birds here in Concord, N. C. but we would be glad to be able to return them to Minnesota.

Betty

Jun 06, 2013 01:29 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Got to say I have never seen a 6 inch mosquito. Wow! Guess Minnesota is not in my future in the summer. Mosquitos and snow...what a combination.

Jun 06, 2013 02:41 AM
Rain Silverhawk
Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com - Sandpoint, ID
208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor

Oh my that thing looks like it could carry you away. smile Luckily we don't get them bird size here.  We do  have tons of lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds and wetlands, so to keep them at bay we all put up bat boxes and swallow boxes.  They do a great job and keep us enjoying the great outdoors.  

Jun 06, 2013 03:22 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

I've done some fishing in Wisconsin and Ontario and I think those mosqitoes may give your mosquitoes a run for your money!

Jun 06, 2013 04:30 AM
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi William....pretty much the state bird for all 50 states....

Jun 06, 2013 05:28 AM
Heather Littrell
Keller Williams - North Concord, NC
ABR,GRI,SRES Cabarrus County NC

I can't believe that mosquitos get to 6" long! Love the feature.  Good job!

Jun 06, 2013 05:36 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Yes, I remember this MN state bird quite well there in the land of 10,000 lakes...

Jun 06, 2013 07:19 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

William, thanks for sharing! I didn't know the Mosquito can get 6 to 7 inches long. I've never seen one that big before, wow.. but we do have lots of Mosquitos here in the summer time in Arizona. We also have what is called the Tarantula Killer. It is a large flying Insect with a stinger about 2-3 inches long, and the creature is the size of a Humming Bird. We have lots to protect against out here...

Jun 06, 2013 08:23 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Between mosquitos and black no seeums, I don't know which one is worse. I've been bitten by both. 

We've had heavy rain and the skeeters are just as heavy. 

Jun 06, 2013 10:53 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Holy moly!!! That may not be abird but its darn close to as big as the small ones!!!

Sounds like a call for deep woods off!!!!!!!

Jun 06, 2013 01:29 PM
Jenn Morson
Metro Referrals - Crofton, MD
Licensed Referral Agent and ASP - Team Woda

Your state bird has apparently decided to move in next door in Maryland - I've been providing "meals" to said bird for a couple of weeks and am pretty peeved about the situation! :)

Jun 06, 2013 01:32 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Great humor, but not funny, huh!?! Hope that dang thing didn't bite you, William.

Jun 06, 2013 02:58 PM
Jeff Fisher
PureWest Real Estate - Whitefish, MT
PUREWEST REAL ESTATE/Christies

Funny stuff for sure. Originally from the farm country of the midwest I am all too familiar with those blood suckers! Some urban myths report small children being carried off by them.

Jun 06, 2013 02:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Oh my goodness!  I wonder if having Minnesota as the Land of 10,000 Lakes contributes to mosquito habitat.

Jun 06, 2013 03:18 PM
Aaron Hofmann
Atlanta Communities - Smyrna, GA
aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings

I've always heard that Minnesota is known for their lakes and mosquitoes. I remember a roommate in college that was from Minnesota referred to the mosquito as the state bird and it's something that I still use when talking to buyers moving from there.

Jun 06, 2013 07:33 PM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I would say your are very accurate in your description of our state bird.   I know I have seen them carry away small dogs and cats!

Jun 09, 2013 11:57 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Bill, I've seen some pretty big Wisconsin mosquitoes, but 6-7 inches sounds a little like the fisherman in you!

Jun 11, 2013 09:29 AM
Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

I believe that your description is a little on the conservative side.  Leave it to you!

Jun 17, 2013 05:37 AM