15 April, 2009

Ah, Springtime

It's that time of year again for the mosquito control folks to do their thing. About time too. The little buggers have been out in force. Which is strange since it's been like three weeks or more since we've had any rain at all. Maybe we're getting heavy dew just before sunrise or something. Anyway, whatever it is is bringing out the "mozzies", as the Brits like to call them.

(Deep breath in...) ... Ahhhhh, Springtime, and it smells like. . . uh. . . Malathion???
Mosquito Control
Y'know, after safeguarding the "King's English" for centuries, it seems like the Brits are hell-bent to defeat the English language by abbreviating everything they can think of. Maybe it's a result of all those letters after their last names for years and years (KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, etc.).

That was just an aside. The initials are real, however. They belong to Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was assassinated at his home in Ireland by the IRA.

So, now back on track. We can probably expect to see trucks like that above cruising through town from now on and for most of the rainy season. It really is a big help to controlling the little pests.

I've started "greasing up" each time I go out to walk the girls. Now. You really only have to do it around a half hour before and after sunrise or sunset. The rest of the time is relatively bug free, unless you actually went into the deep bush for some reason.

Pardon me. I've got to go scratch an itch or two...

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