[gardeners] Re: mosquitos

asidv@fbg.net (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 09:27:24 +0000

According to the sober-minded scientists, Deet is harmful to the 
young, the middle-aged, the old, and the antique. It should be 
used only if the mosquitos threaten to carry you off. Otherwise, 
it should be avoided.

May I suggest sulfur? Buy a quarter pound or so from the druggist, 
put into a clean sock, tie up the end, and before you go out beat 
yourself about the limbs, etc. with the sock. Can't hurt you and the 
mosquitos think you smell something awful. Of course, you tend to 
want to avoid yourself, too, but you can't have everything!

Failing that, find a disgruntled recent bride and talk her out of her 
wedding veil. Swathe yourself from head to toe in her bridal tulle 
and move very, very slowly as you perambulate on your garden stroll.

Failing that, seal all windows and doors with flour-and-water paste, 
and stay indoors. (This presupposes you have carefully extracted all 
mosquitos from your homestead before you sealed it up.)

Actually, the easiest thing is to get rid of all standing water. This 
solution is possible in some areas, but impractical in Louisiana and 
Florida; those unfortunate states are only sponges of soil floating 
on liquid.

You *could* move? Is that an option? Or should we just learn to be 
tolerant of our brothers the mosquitos -- and accept them for what 
they are -- and . . . . . Oh well, you  know the rest of that speech.

Pat (who is scratching as she types; here the problem is the chigger)