In Fridays post, I touched on the mosquito problem where I live.
Last week calls to our maintenance department
and the DER
eventually led me to Vector Control.
They came out that very afternoon and set a 24hr mosquito trap.
They could have used us.
While we were standing outside talking
three out of five of us had 4-5 mosquitoes on us.
She (vector control ) gave us informational pamphlets
and the standing water talk.
I brought up the fact that 90 cottages each have four downspouts with buried black rubber extensions whose ends all point up at the sky when they are coming out of the ground.
( I've kinda been harping on that since I've been here).
Water lies in there for days..
This would be pretty expensive to correct, I imagine,
although I've replaced mine and the cottages adjacent to mine.
This is the trap they set.
I'm sorry but I was getting too chewed up
to stay around for the tutorial.
Something about a sweet solution to attract them
and a vacuum to collect them .
They are supposed to come back in 24 hours to collect it..
There has to be at least one mosquito in there affected
with West Nile before they even consider spraying.
They will identify the mosquitoes and test them.
(Sounds like grant money to me..some study).
It all has to do with money, politics,
(they are pooh poohing West Nile as being a problem any more).
Then there's the "green thing"..
Bugs should live....
She recommended that we spray
with a eucalyptus/lemon solution that attaches
to the end of your hose.
I researched it and found that it isn't plant friendly
and I'm not too excited
about killing my shrubs and flowers.
Today I found out that "Administration"
has known about the downspout extensions for years
and has chosen to keep their heads in the sand.
I guess it's a no win situation .
In the meantime...