This morning I stepped out to get the paper (luckily I was already dressed), to see 2 guys in blue shirts walking off my property with a mosquito dipper in their hands. “WHAT THE H*LL?” I think & note their truck is parked 3 houses up. “WHAT THE H*LL?” I think again, I’m ticked.
Now… many of the old rec.ponders will remember my troubles with neighbors who don’t appreciate nature, in particular tree frogs mating.
So I headed up to where their truck is parked, they see me, and it’s like, “Oops, we’re caught.” So they walk back towards me. I ask, “So you guys don’t come knock when you come on private property?”
“Well, ah, we were just checking the area and noticed and took a quick check.” To which I said there was no way they could have “noticed” from the street. So I told them what I thought, that they got a complaint and rather than come talk to me, thinking they were avoiding a confrontation, they got one anyway. Had they come knocked I would have showed them the whole yard and that there are more water holding receptacles on my property than my lily pond to be worried about. Of course they’re all safe, between fish, taddies, or Bt. That’s when the one guy mentioned it was a yellow tub, the one I set up to quarantine a T.lily, that got their attention. The yellow tub can only be seen if you walk right up to the fence, so much for “just noticed.” I think what they did was use the dipper over the fence, BECAUSE the gate is LOCKED. Who’d of thought I’d be keeping out ADULTS!!!!
Needless to say, they didn’t find anything! Now that would have been embarrassing?
When I came inside I was still upset, and I had yet to remember my LOCKS, so was wondering where else had these guys put their little dipper?
So I decided to call the Mosquito District and talk to the Manager. I discussed the situation with him, and he told me they should have knocked. He also said they had gotten a complaint in the area, so they were checking the whole neighborhood. I mentioned the situation with my neighbor (I wish I would have added if there are more mosquitos it is because I had to remove 37 frogs!). He said that my address didn’t stick out as one being on the list. I also mentioned the dipper and that I assumed they didn’t sterilize that between tests? He knew right away I was concerned about cross contamination. So the tub is being drained (no T.lily yet) and sun dried.
I guess I’ll have to add that to my neighborhood frog letter next year, how I keep the mosquito larva controlled around here. GRRRR!!! I’m even being so careful as to put dunks in my filter barrels. I don’t think the water moves enough, for my comfort, the surface looks way too calm. Afterall, I don’t want to be bit either!
The manager asked how I would rate the mosquitoes, and I said they haven’t been bad at all this year. Both DH & I have been bit once so far, the boys not at all. I usually put tons of spray or lotion on, and I haven’t even been doing that. I’ve used some, but I tend to have to get bit a few times before I’m real good about it. ~ jan www.jjspond.us
You have a mosquito district manager? We don’t even have a mosquito district. Come to think of it, we don’t even have a mosquito this year, the heavy rains haven’t given them a chance to breed. Mosquito inspectors with special nets. I’ve never heard of such a thing. I wonder if they feed the mosquito larvae to their fish. I guess guys with nets is better than trucks with monster poison sprayers. I hear they use those in some communities.