Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes…

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers!  It’s that time of year when you want to sit outside, sip a cool drink and squish mosquito guts on your sweetie’s sweaty cheeks!

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Okay, you’re right, that last part about squashed mosquito guts on your sweetie’s sweaty cheeks is disgusting. Putting this in a historical real estate prospective is important.  Until we solved the problem of sweltering heat and swarms of mosquitoes no one wanted buy homes in Florida!

The sweltering heat got solved when Fredric Carrier invented air-conditioning in the early 20th century.  After World War II residential air-conditioning was affordable, so flock to Florida families did.  It was cozy and comfortable inside your Florida home.

Meanwhile the mosquitoes were getting fat and happy dining on fresh meat migrating from the north! It was a smorgasbord of ethic delights as they dined on the decedents of immigrants from around the globe.  And then came dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, more commonly known at DDT.

In 1948 Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine “for his discovery of the high efficiency of DDT as a contact poison against arthropods”.  The most common of which was the mosquito.  It seemed mosquito borne disease was about the leave the earth.

Then in 1962 biologist Rachel Carson published “Silent Spring” raising sufficient concerns for the dangers of DDT that the EPA banned its use in 1972.  The mosquitoes had been granted a reprieve.

The battle between humans and mosquitoes has been waged in Jacksonville since settled by French naval officer Jean Ribault as a safe haven for the French Huguenots.  In 1888 the mosquitoes almost won the war.

In July of 1888 with a Jacksonville population of 18,000 when the yellow fever epidemic began, nearly 5,000 people caught the disease, with more than 400 dying.  Most, who did not die, departed Jacksonville never to return.

On November 25th 1888 the temperature in Jacksonville fell below 32 degrees, killing all the mosquitos and ending the Yellow Fever epidemic.  It was not until a dozen years later the Dr. Walter Reed would prove that mosquitos delivered Yellow Fever, and that to kill mosquitoes was to end Yellow Fever.

Truth be told, I’m not afraid of death by mosquito.  I’ve traveled across Europe, Africa, Central and South America.  Been bitten my mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds.  No fever ever.  I just HATE to be bitten by bugs!  Don’t you?  And when you smack them they explode bug guts and some other dudes blood all over you! It doesn’t have to be that way.

Mosquito Joe Truck

Mosquito Joe Truck

In 2015 I declared war on mosquitoes by hiring Mosquito Joe to irradiate the biting beasts from Casa de Conway.  My bald head will now and forever more be free of mosquito bite bumps.

The technicians at Mosquito Joe use a backpack sprayer to deliver a barrier that eliminates mosquitoes from your yard for weeks.  The barrier spray used by Mosquito Joe is a synthetic form of pyrethrums called pyrethroids. Pyrethrums are derived from a naturally occurring compound called pyrethrum found in the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethroids are used in numerous products such as pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos for people. The barrier spray treatment is effective on other pests such as fleas, ticks and some flies as well.

As an organic gardener and amateur chicken farmer it was important to me to use an all-natural product that was safe around my garden and chicken coop.  Mosquito Joe was able to accommodate my concerns for a super safe product with my declaration of death to mosquitos!

Nancy Ambercrombie and Wally Conway

Nancy Ambercrombie and Wally Conway

Nancy Abercrombie is the marketing director at Mosquito Joe.  Have Nancy visit your office to share how you can bring additional value to your customer.  Call Nancy Abercrombie directly at 904-2364110  or  http://firstcoast.mosquitojoe.com/

 

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