Gnow it’s gnats

I just returned from checking mosquito traps with Mitchell’s rugged, fearless skeeter hunter, Tom Kippes. We found a few dozen mosquitoes in the traps after hundreds were reported every day last week.

But the gnat count was in the hundreds. These buffalo gnats, as they’re known, are apparently impervious to the fogging the city does. Kippes recommends using vanilla — apparently gnats detest it. I also prefer chocolate.

Any other tips for dealing with those gnasty gnats?

5 thoughts on “Gnow it’s gnats

  1. Not impressed with the editorial on bugs. Remember the 200000 the state asked to be returned? Remember there is a recession on? Remember the city employees did not get a raise this year? Taxes in Mitchell are about the highest in the state and it may be worth it to fog the city, but it does almost no good if it rains. There has not been a council meeting since the rain has stopped. I think you are being a little bit agressive in criticizing our leadership. However, there is a lot the paper could do to alleviate the problem. Maybe run some information on eliminating habitat in our yards ie. buckets, tires, low lying areas etc. The city only has control of city property and even then can’t get to alot of it since it is overgrown with neglected trees and roped off. There are ruts all around the lake full of water. Even after the city is sprayed, it takes a stiff breeze to bring them in again from Letcher, or Springs, or Mt. Vernon or where ever. Maybe the Daily can make a contribution for the sponsorship of a spraying and offer the 2,ooo to do so. It seems pretty important to the editor, he can sign the check.

  2. Your memory of City Council meetings is pretty short. The council convened four times in June — twice for regularly scheduled meetings June 7 and June 21, and twice for forums on the city manager proposal on June 14 and June 28. We already had the month’s first 7 inches of rain by the time the council met June 14, so that means they’ve met three times since the heavy rains began.

    As for the monetary contribution to fogging, you seem to have forgotten the contributions that we’ve all made already. The city budget says that the city plans to collect $14,489,328 from us this year in the form of property, sales and other taxes. Another $9,555,506 will be collected through charges for goods and services.

    So, as you can see, I’ve already signed many checks in the form of sales taxes, property taxes, my Rec Center membership, the green fees when I golf at Lakeview, my monthly utility bill, etc., etc., etc.

    It’s not a matter of the city needing more money for mosquitoes. It’s a matter of re-allocating the money the city already has. As the editorial pointed out, I’m pretty certain a few thousand extra bucks can be found in a roughly $30 million budget to provide for an extra fogging prior to a holiday weekend. The only reason I can see that it hasn’t been done is because nobody — at any of the four council meetings this month — brought it up. When city officials finally thought about it (see today’s story), it was too late because the weather forecast wasn’t favorable.

  3. Just got this sent to me by e-mail:

    This was in yesterday’s [Huron] Plainsman……Just wondering why the city has no plan of action? Especially with the threat of West Nile so high.

    City continues battle against mosquitos
    Posted: Wednesday, Jun 30th, 2010
    The city of Huron has already been more aggressive in its mosquito-spraying efforts than it was last year, but will step it up even more because of all of the standing water from repeated thunderstorms and the increasing presence of the insect that carries the West Nile virus. The fourth citywide spraying began Monday night and will be completed tonight if light winds prevail. But the city will also start spraying on a weekly basis, the City Commission decided after hearing a report from Parks and Recreation Superintendent LaRon Klock on Monday. The city also has agreements with area towns for spraying and has approved a new one with Lake Byron Township to spray around the lake once to determine its effectiveness. The spray kills mosquitoes in flight. The city also uses larvacide in standing water, but a problem has been the fact there is a lot of running water. The two sprayers operate in the alleys and on the streets. The equipment is much quieter than in the past so spraying can continue until midnight. Residents can also purchase products to spray their own yards.

  4. you upper crust elites can buy your firecrackies while the rest of us can barely put food on the table let alone have gas money to drive to work- boom boom for the elites.

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