Friday, August 18, 2017

The Mosquito

            The rain has been wonderful; everything is starting to perk back up again. But there are unwanted guests lurking in your yard, and probably in the yards of your neighbors. And in 10 days, if the temperature is above 77 degrees, 14 if it’s below 68 you will see, hear, and feel them.

            I think you know what I’m talking about; that high pitch whine you hear in the middle of the night, that red raised bump on your arm (or forehead if you’ve got family pictures scheduled the next day)…… the Mosquito. And she’s living in a pail, bucket, wrinkle in some plastic, tire, stagnate birdbath, lingering puddle…… right next to you as you read this.

             There is something you can do about it right now.

             If you look at one of the water holding items I mentioned above you may see them in their larva or pupa stage wiggling around; going up to the surface and then back down again. Some oil dropped into this nursery will suffocate them as they try to gulp for air.

            Now I’m not saying you become Captain Hazelwood of the Exxon Valdez. No, you’re looking at three drops in a bucket, a couple in smaller situations, maybe a half teaspoon in a small puddle; just enough to lightly slick the surface.

            Maybe you’re saying; “Why not just empty out the water?”

            Good idea if you thought about that when it filled up with water initially; but here we are some days later, and you don’t know when mom sent out the birth announcements. Chances are good that they are ready to hatch; and frankly, at this stage of the game, they don’t need much moisture to finish the job.

            A couple drops and the deed is done.

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