Ugh

They are all over our backyard for sure.

State health officials are advising residents in Georgia’s coastal counties to remember to protect themselves from the unwelcomed guests that usually follow periods of heavy rainfall: mosquitoes.

Puddles and other places where rain water collects are perfect breeding areas for the tiny blood-suckers, and they’ll get anyone who steps outdoors unprepared.

“Mosquitoes are always a concern, particularly this time of year when the combination of warm weather and summer rains can lead to an overabundance of mosquito larvae,” said Sally Silbermann, spokeswoman for the Coastal Health District.

The “Bug Free Backyard” by Cutter really works well though.

9 comments

      • Max Power says:

        Exceptions were made for malaria control, but DDT became nearly impossible to procure. “The ban on DDT,” says Gwadz of the National Institutes of Health, “may have killed 20 million children.”

        So the issue isn’t that DDT was not allowed for Malaria control but rather the availability of it. It seems with good governance this problem could have been avoided.

        • MSBassSinger says:

          The private sector is like that. Take away most of the market, and production drops. I agree that had governments, including our own, had been willing to stand up to the environmental extremists, conditions would have been favorable to not choke off the market. Even today, foreign aid is often tied to not using DDT.

          • Max Power says:

            But it wasn’t environmental extremist, it was corporate extremist. Are you saying they couldn’t have made a profit selling DDT to countries around the world? I find that very dubious. More likely it was a marginally profitable product that depended on huge agricultural sales. If that’s the case governments could have easily produced it on their own which they didn’t do. The countries with the most malarial deaths tend to be poorly governed.

            • MSBassSinger says:

              No, they couldn’t. The use was banned worldwide. These governments could have made their own – the formula has been around since the late 1800s. It was the environmental extremists using the power of government in the West to force their environmental religion on the third world.

              • Max Power says:

                Once again there was no prohibition on the manufacture or use of DDT for malaria control. To conflate the commercial and public use of DDT is to deliberately try and confuse people.

  1. MSBassSinger says:

    Here is a perfect example of environmental wackoism endangering lives.

    Remember the jeeps that used to ride around at night spraying DDT to control the mosquito population? They were responsible for preventing a lot of disease, and for keeping mosquitoes in check. Then comes the totally fictional “Silent Spring”, and the pseudo-science about bird eggs and other nonsense about DDT. The end result was over 1-1/2 million deaths from malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in third world countries who obeyed the UN and stopped using DDT. I guess the liberals who pushed for banning DDT (#1 being Ruckelshaus in the Nixon administration) don’t value a third-world human life as much as Western lives.

    Well, today, DDT is once again legal, and yes, it is safe at the levels it is used for mosquito eradication. There is no reason, other than environmental wackoism, that your county is not spraying DDT. I wonder how many people will contract illness, and if any will die, from mosquito bites that are so easily prevented.

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,812248,00.html
    http://www.eco-imperialism.com/content/article.php3?id=89
    http://www.junkscience.com/ddtfaq.html

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