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First response back on the new consultation. It only went up last week, and it hasn't been publicised at all yet. This is beginning to creep me out.

My room is the hot pick-up joint for mosquitos. Last night I killed the last one at 3.30am, Saturday it was 6am. I started out only killing the females but now I'm just killing them all. The males just encourage them (the females). I may go insane from lack of sleep soon. Unless the heat gets me first.

Last night while mozzie-bating I went to google with two questions:

1. Should I be worried by a reddish ring in my Pink Fir Potatoes? (no)

2. How much is a non-lethal dose of arsenic? (one grain)

The night before that, I read a pink cover romance (Spindle's End, by Robin McKinley).

Why wasn't I making zoetropes, scripting, doing my page for the Caption booklet? Well, I'd gone to bed because I was too tired to do anything else. And then I had to kill all the mosquitos in the room. One by one by bloody one. I'm using an Anthony Burgess paperback. If anyone knows of a better method, speak now. No pesticides, buzzing noises or gas.

Is it just me who finds the phrase covertly cemented kind of delicious?

Oh, and adding to the hormonal and pesticidal contamination of the country's groundwater we're now being polluted by antidepressants. Wonder if my Brita water filter can deal with that?

Mood of google: I want to eat Annie's brain! I want to drink tonight.


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9th Aug, 2004 09:51 (UTC)
You can tell the different sexes of mosquitos?
9th Aug, 2004 11:04 (UTC)
Yes...by the ones that bite...
It's the females who take the blood for the purposes of their young, if I remember correctly. I don't know how the males feed - so I find the information a little suspect.
10th Aug, 2004 02:42 (UTC)
Re: Yes...by the ones that bite...
Males have frail little mouthparts which can maybe lap a little nectar.
10th Aug, 2004 02:41 (UTC)
yes, for I am wise in the way of the insect
Females are bigger, make the annoying buzzing sound and drink blood. The males are smaller, silent and vegetarian. They don't eat much at all really -- but they do provoke the annoying buzzing sound which is a mating call.

9th Aug, 2004 11:03 (UTC)
Yes, the US did a similar study of the nation's water and found similar contamination problems.

As one collegue puts it, "Hey! At least the fish are happy!"
10th Aug, 2004 02:44 (UTC)
Re: Pharma-water
Apart from all the ones who wake up, think "help, I'm a fish!", discover they're changing sex because of the oestroegen contamination and/or drowning because pesticide-driven algae blooms are stealing their oxygen, go on a brief fishy rampage, and then kill themselves, I suppose.
10th Aug, 2004 05:04 (UTC)
Re: Pharma-water
The River II ... when mutant Nature stalks Man in Revenge! Coming to a Cinema Near You! ;-)
10th Aug, 2004 05:13 (UTC)
I think I saw that ...
Pirahna 2?

It wouldn't be as exciting in this country. Salmon! Trout! .... er, Pike? Stickleback!

Actually, Sticklebacks sound quite threatening (despite being about 6cm long). Maybe if they were giant mutant sticklebacks?
10th Aug, 2004 05:34 (UTC)
Re: I think I saw that ...
Giant mutant sticklebacks? Maybe, but only if they crossbreed with the snakehead menace! ;-)
10th Aug, 2004 05:49 (UTC)
oh, it's a fish ..
I must confess my first thought was of the Snakehead Fritillary an endangered easter lily with chequered flowers.

Brilliant. Giant mutant stickleback in tartan!</a>
9th Aug, 2004 11:06 (UTC)
Speaking of mosquitos
It's interesting/horrifying to see how the DEET-manufacturers and retailers are heavily marketing on public fears of West Nile virus...
10th Aug, 2004 02:49 (UTC)
yes, it was an alarming night for finding out about
chemical use in America -- arsenic-based fungicide wood treatment? Yeesh.

My favourite moment was finding among the advice the phrase, "Bats, Nature's Pesticide". The same site dealt with bats as a pest, however ...
10th Aug, 2004 05:06 (UTC)
Re: yes, it was an alarming night for finding out about
Yeah, you probably have some idea now of how serious a problem arsenic-treated timber has been for my office. The amounts of soil contamination, especially for children's playgrounds...we simply don't have the resources. :-/
10th Aug, 2004 01:06 (UTC)
Little bloodsucking bastards
Lemon oil. (Or even better is citronella, but personally I don't like the smell.) Put little bits on soft furnishings, curtains by open windows and bed mattress and on you if you want - ankles or any bits that you stick out of sheets. Mozzies hate it and stay away and your room smells juicy.
10th Aug, 2004 02:51 (UTC)
yes, I think citronella is revolting
But I might give lemion oil a try. I do have an anti-insect essential oil preparation, but it's mostly lavendar, which seems not to discomfort the mozzies in the slightest.
10th Aug, 2004 05:09 (UTC)
I picked up lemon oil *and* an aromafan. Those mozzies are history.
10th Aug, 2004 05:37 (UTC)
Re: score!
If that doesn't work, I suggest getting an '88' ... they did well enough against Mosquitos in the 40s...oh, sorry, wrong mosquito. ;-p
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