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I lived in Northeast Arkansas for a time where they grow rice in standing water. They have spray trucks that navigate the neighborhoods regularly to spray for mosquitos. I played men's league softball and before each game we had to spray ourselves from head to toe before taking the field. Right before a batter swung at a pitch I had to wave my hand in front of my face to clear mosquitos so I could see the ball. I love Minnesota summers.
This "study" certainly sounds very scientific (sarcasm).
I live in Tampa from November through May. I have never had a day that was as dominated by biting insects like we are having right now. I know I swatted a few mosquitos last winter, maybe 5 or 10 TOTAL for the year. We were in the everglades for a weekend and even there the mosquitos were not as numerous as they are here and now (in MN). As for the mayor's comment about a clear day with the temperature at zero (fahrenheit), on those days the temperature range in Tampa is typically 50 to 75 with low humidity.
I LOVE Florida in winter!!
I think this is a great illustration of the effectiveness of the mosquito control folks in this area. I am not affiliated in any way with this organization, but I have noticed over the years that I am only rarely bothered by these irritants. Deep study and hard work against this problem has paid off well and I think they should be recognized for their success. Our tax dollars do get put to good work sometimes!
- Laurie Kermes
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