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Mosquitoes continue to be a problem

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 10:04 AM

My question is, if they can eradicate the boll weevil, why can't the mosquito not be done away with? I am sure I am not the only person who wonders.

As a young child growing up in Illinois, I can remember the foggers coming down our street in the evenings leaving a cloud of white spray. It helped with the mosquito problem but I guess it was not good for us. I do remember it did not smell too good.

Several years ago a garlic spray was developed. My dad was a firm believer in the garlic spray and he did spray it generously. It helped but it did have an odor. It was a temporary control, it only helped for a little while. I think the mosquitoes just moved out of the line of spray and waited outside of the sprayed area until they could get back in.

We are hearing a lot about the West Nile Virus this year. This virus is carried by mosquitoes that evidently contract it from infected birds and give it to people when they bite.

So far we have been fortunate in this area to not have any cases reported, but it is a serious problem in some of the other states.

Thank goodness we have bug spray to help us repel the pesky mosquitoes when we are outside. The mosquito problem is nothing new. As far back as I can remember we have had the problem. There is nothing more aggravating than trying to go to sleep and having a mosquito buzz around your ear. You know the bite will be next. Don't you hate the itch when the bite is on a knuckle or between your fingers?

I have never quite understood why you can cross this line just a hundred or so miles away and there are no mosquitoes. We have enjoyed sitting out at Hardy on Spring River and never see a mosquito. Most places do have mosquitoes and we need to take precaution against being bitten.

We read ways to hold down the mosquito population which includes getting rid of anything in our yards that holds water. Trash should be removed. Bird bath water needs to be changed often and pet's water bowls should be freshened on a regular basis.

If we are going to be outside, we need to keep mosquito repellent handy and do our best to prevent mosquito bites. If we are out in the evenings, it is a good idea to wear long sleeves and long pants.

For the most part in our area we just take mosquito bites in stride because we have always been afflicted with the pesky bugs, but when we hear about over 2,000 cases of NWV making people sick and almost 100 deaths this year it tends to get our attention.

Fall is just around the corner but we still have some mosquito season left, so don't go out without your repellent.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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