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Military aircraft to wage war on mosquitoes tonight
Nikki Buskey
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Published: Friday, September 19, 2008 at 11:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 19, 2008 at 11:45 a.m.

HOUMA – If you see low-flying military aircraft in the skies over Terrebonne or Lafourche tonight, don’t worry, we’re not under attack – the mosquitoes are.

Standing water left after Hurricane Ike’s storm surge created an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, according FEMA officials.

In order to combat the disease-carrying insects, the Air Force will use C-130 planes to spray for mosquitoes, similar to actions taken locally after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The spraying is necessary to prevent the possible spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and other encephalitis that pose a threat to health and safety.

West Nile can cause health problems ranging from severe headache to brain swelling and eventual death.

The spraying will occur during the last two hours of daylight. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, people can expect to see large, gray, low-flying aircraft flying 150 feet at or above ground level during the actual spraying, and the noise will be “fairly loud.”

The planes will be spraying a pesticide known as Dibrom, or NALED, commonly used in Louisiana to control emergency mosquito outbreaks. When used properly, it is nontoxic to humans, plants and animals, but can reduce the mosquito population by at least 90 percent.

The spray can be compared to “dropping liquid from a shot glass over a football field” and won’t “rain down” on residents, state officials said.

But if you want to avoid interaction with the insecticide, stay indoors during the spraying or wear long sleeves and pants.

All spraying will follow Environmental Protection Agency guidelines and is being managed by state health officials.

Beekeepers in the area should take protective measures to prevent damage to their hives. Both state and military entomologists will monitor all spray operations, including dosage.

Lafourche and Terrebonne are the first parishes to be sprayed Friday. Some parts of Grand Isle will also be sprayed.

On Saturday, Plaquemines Parish, the Lafitte area of Jefferson, and any leftover parts of Lafourche or Grand Isle will be sprayed. The crews will be in St. Mary and Iberia parishes Sunday
http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20080919/HURBLOG/809199938/1223&title=Military_aircraft_to_wage_war_on_mosquitoes_tonight

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Re: Military aircraft to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008, 12:08:47 pm »
Isn't this where all the poor people live?
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Re: Military aircraft to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008, 12:10:45 pm »
C-130s to spray for mosquitoes in coastal parishes

9/19/2008, 5:11 a.m. CDT
The Associated Press   

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Air Force C-130s will start flying low Friday over south Louisiana to spray for mosquitoes hatched in floodwaters left by the storm surge from Hurricane Ike.

The first spraying will be over Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and Grand Isle, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in separate news releases.

"Spraying will pose no threat to humans, animals or plants, but will be significant enough to kill mosquitoes and filth flies, which pose a potential health threat," the health department said.

The big, gray planes will fly as low as 150 feet from the ground, and each C-130 can spray about 80,000 acres a day, according to DHH.

The flights will take place during the last two hours of daylight, when mosquitoes and flies are most active. Bees are unlikely to be out during those hours, but beekeepers should still protect their hives, the health department said.

The C-130 spraying is available to parishes affected by storm surge from Hurricane Ike.

Parts of lower Lafourche and Grand Isle that don't get sprayed on Friday will be sprayed on Saturday, along with Plaquemines Parish and the Jean Lafitte area of Jefferson Parish.

FEMA said St. Mary Parish will be sprayed on Sunday, and Iberia may also be sprayed that day.

The health department says the insecticide, dibrom, is widely used to control mosquitoes Louisiana.

The amount of pesticide used is about the equivalent of a shot glass over a football field, DHH said. It "will in no way `rain' down on residents," but people who don't want any exposure at all could wear long sleeves and pants outside or stay inside, the agency said.

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Re: Military aircraft to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008, 12:12:36 pm »
"When used properly, it is nontoxic to humans, plants and animals, but can reduce the mosquito population by at least 90 percent."


They are practicing.


Rember this....

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The reactivity of isocyanates makes them harmful to living tissue. They are toxic and are known to cause asthma in humans, both through inhalation exposure and dermal contact. Exposure to isocyanates and their vapors should be avoided.

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New West Nile virus case in Dallas prompts mosquito spraying
11:37 AM Fri, Sep 19, 2008
Dave Levinthal

Dallas officials say a North Dallas resident has contracted the city's second case this year of West Nile virus.

Therefore, the city will conduct mosquito control spraying between 10 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday.

The spray zone is bounded by Lemmon Avenue, Edmondson Avenue, Westside Drive, Mockingbird Lane, the Dallas North Tollway, Boaz Street/Newmore Avenue, Bristol Avenue and University Boulevard, then back to Lemmon Avenue.


http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/09/new-west-nile-virus-case-in-da.html

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Wonder how they will "spray" it?
I'm guessing from more military aircraft.

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Mosquito spraying tonight

Grand Forks Herald
Published Friday, September 19, 2008

The Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide spraying for mosquitoes between 7 and 11 p.m. Today’s average mosquito trap count in Grand Forks is 33. Citizens are urged to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms; however, sometimes mild illness results 1 to 2 weeks after exposure with symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. This virus can be deadly and people over 50 years old are most at risk.


The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light. Residents may want to go inside just before their area is sprayed and stay inside for 20-30 minutes until the aerosol cloud dissipates. Residents should not run, walk or bike directly through the aerosol cloud behind the insecticide sprayer. Also, anyone who is sensitive to chemicals may want to close their windows during the ground spraying.


Winds higher than 10 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve. Residents are encouraged to wash all fresh fruits and vegetables before using them. Beekeepers are advised to cover their bees.
http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=87076&section=news

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wonder how wide the spraying will go?

Austin?
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C-130s from the 910th conduct spray missions
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2008, 12:29:16 pm »
C-130s from the 910th conduct spray missions
Published:Thursday, September 18, 2008

In 2005, C-130s from the 910th sprayed 2.8 million acres after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

STAFF REPORT

VIENNA — An Air Force Reserve aerial spray-modified C-130H from the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, along with 10-member crew, has been deployed to conduct aerial spray missions in areas of Louisiana affected by hurricanes.

The spray missions primarily target mosquitoes and filth flies to prevent outbreaks of diseases such as West Nile virus and various types of encephalitis, said Capt. Brent J. Davis, 910th public affairs officer.

In 2005, three specially equipped C-130s from the 910th Airlift Wing sprayed for 38 days, covering 2.8 million acres of Louisiana and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is the base of operations for the air crews and maintenance personnel, chosen because of its proximity to the spray area, ability to handle C-130H aircraft and support the mission without conflicting with other relief efforts, Davis said.

In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health officials, the spray crews are planning to spray Southwestern Louisiana, then work other affected areas as required.

Each aerial spray-modified C-130H is capable of spraying approximately 80,000 acres per day. Spray missions are normally conducted at dusk when the insects are most active, Davis said.

“The product that will be used to combat the disease-spreading insects is Dibrom, which is an extremely effective material for mosquito control, and at the amounts that are applied, is an extremely safe material as well. Typically we apply Dibrom at a rate of 1‚Ñ2 to 1 ounce per acre,” said Dr. (Maj.) Karl Haagsma, a research entomologist with the 910th Airlift Wing.

“When properly applied at these application rates, Dibrom is virtually nontoxic to humans, while eliminating a majority of the flying mosquito population.”

Dibrom is an EPA registered insecticide, and is currently in use for many mosquito control programs throughout the country.

Every effort will be made to ensure the public is informed what areas will be sprayed on a daily basis, Dr. Haagsma said.

The 910th Airlift Wing is the only unit in the Department of Defense that is tasked to maintain a full-time, fixed-wing aerial spray capability.

Four specially-modified C-130H aircraft from the 910th are used to conduct aerial spray missions to control insects, vegetation on military installations and oil spills.

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http://www.vindy.com/news/2008/sep/18/c-130s-from-the-910th-conduct-spray-missions/

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Is this where the poor people live?

Demographics, pray tell.
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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2008, 12:33:57 pm »
C-130s spray for mosquitoes after hurricane
The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Sep 19, 2008 8:06:42 EDT
   
HOUMA, La. — Air Force C-130s will start flying low Friday over south Louisiana to spray for mosquitoes hatched in floodwaters left by the storm surge from Hurricane Ike.

The first spraying will be over Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and Grand Isle, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in separate news releases.

“Spraying will pose no threat to humans, animals or plants, but will be significant enough to kill mosquitoes and filth flies, which pose a potential health threat,” the health department said.

The big, gray planes will fly as low as 150 feet from the ground, and each C-130 can spray about 80,000 acres a day, according to DHH.

The flights will take place during the last two hours of daylight, when mosquitoes and flies are most active. Bees are unlikely to be out during those hours, but beekeepers should still protect their hives, the health department said.

The C-130 spraying is available to parishes affected by storm surge from Hurricane Ike.

Parts of lower Lafourche and Grand Isle that don’t get sprayed Friday will be sprayed Saturday, along with Plaquemines Parish and the Jean Lafitte area of Jefferson Parish.

FEMA said St. Mary Parish will be sprayed Sunday, and Iberia may also be sprayed that day.

The health department said the insecticide dibrom is widely used to control mosquitoes Louisiana.

The amount of pesticide used is about the equivalent of a shot glass over a football field, DHH said. It “will in no way ‘rain’ down on residents,” but people who don’t want any exposure at all could wear long sleeves and pants outside or stay inside, the agency said.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/09/ap_mosquitoes_091908/

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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2008, 12:53:09 pm »
Why not unleash the hounds on these f**king mosquitos?




Gambusia Affinis
Also Known as the Mosquito Fish

     Gambusia Affinis fish, called Mosquito fish are important to mosquito control programs. They eat mosquito larvae as soon as they hatch from the eggs laid by mosquitoes, thus reducing the mosquito population. The Mosquito fish feeding habits also include a variety of insects and plant materials. The mosquito fish is guppy-like, and may be placed in ponds or small bodies of water

The Pond at Vector Control
 
     The mosquito fish reproduces rapidly, about 21 - 28 days. This small fish is unlike any other fish. It does do not lay eggs; It bears live young. Each female can produce three to four broods in her lifetime and each pregnacy can deliver 40 to 100 young. Births occur usually during the warm spring and summer months. The females are significantly larger then the males. The females are usually about 2 1/2 inches long and the males are about 1 1/2 inches long.

 Mosquito fish have been proven to be environmentally friendly and extremely effective controlling mosquitoes. Each fish eats up to 300 mosquito larvae per day. They require little or no feeding and their care is limited to protecting them from gardens sprays, chlorine and other chemicals. The fish inhabit the shallow edges of ponds and creeks because of the abundance of food and to escape predation by larger fish.

Female Gambusia Affinis
 
You will be able to pick up Mosquito Fish at the Vector Control Office during the Summer months for your ornamental ponds. The address for Vector Control is 2480 Central Ave., Memphis. For more information please call 901-324-5547
http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/FirstPortal/dotShowDoc/Government/CountyServices/HealthServices/EnvironmentalHealth/Gambusia_Affins.htm

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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2008, 12:54:30 pm »
How are people in an area with no power supposed to find out they are spraying?

Sounds like plausible deniability from a legal stand point, well we told the news, never mind the people in the effected area are not getting the news.

Then if anyone complains about being sprayed they can just blame the victim for staying.  



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Panama City Florida to be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight Sept-19-2008
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2008, 01:05:49 pm »
Helicopter deployed over mosquito concern
September 18, 2008 04:00:00 AM
By Pat Kelly / News Herald Writer
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Bay County has decided to deploy the big gun in mosquito control.

The county has hired the helicopter from Panama City Beach Mosquito Control District to conduct airborne spraying tonight and Friday night over the more densely populated areas of the county.

Fred Wakefield, director of Bay County Mosquito Control, said the count of trapped mosquitoes monitored by the county jumped from 300 to 700 per week to more than 13,000 in the wake of recent rains and flooding, the highest count this year.

Concern over mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile has the county scrambling to head off any health problems, Wakefield said.

"We are trying to cover the bases here on an important health issue," Wakefield said. "Especially with the recent winds, sick or infected birds could have blown in from as far away as Tallahassee."

Ed Hunter, director of the Beach mosquito district, said the helicopter will fly three times each night, from dusk to midnight, spraying 30 gallons of the chemical Dibrom each flight, or less than an ounce per acre.

"Night is when the mosquitoes are out," he said.

Hunter said most residents won't even notice the spraying unless they hear the helicopter, but he cautioned residents not to look up at the helicopter if they are downwind. The craft should be traveling about 86 mph at 300 feet.

The aerial spray is designed to evaporate before it reaches the ground, but residents who suspect they may have gotten droplets in their eyes should flush their eyes with water, Hunter said.

The West Nile virus has recently appeared in Escambia County and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Leon County, Hunter said. Both are diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans through mosquito bites.

"Traditionally, most mosquito control is done with ground equipment," Hunter said. "Unfortunately, the main problem with ground equipment is you are limited to the road system."

By using the helicopter to spray over the more densely populated areas of the county, such as from Hathaway Bridge to DuPont Bridge and north to Lynn Haven, the county can use its six mosquito trucks to concentrate northward in more rural areas, Wakefield said.

"We're trying to attack this just as the new hatchlings are coming off the water," Wakefield said.

The cost to the county to hire the helicopter will be about $32,000, Wakefield said, which represents a reimbursement of the gas, chemicals and pilot. The Beach will not make a profit. "We are in this battle together," he said.

After the mid-air spraying, the county will re-trap for a new mosquito count to measure the effectiveness.

The county used the Beach helicopter in March for mosquito spraying and saw a 75 percent reduction in eastern Bay County and a 90 percent reduction in Panama City, Wakefield said.

Hunter said the Beach helicopter, a 1972 former military craft, also is used to seed standing water with chemical granules to kill mosquito larvae before the hatchlings take flight. It has been in service with the Beach since 2003.

http://www.newsherald.com/news/mosquito_68225___article.html/beach_panama.html

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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2008, 01:11:18 pm »
How are people in an area with no power supposed to find out they are spraying?

Sounds like plausible deniability from a legal stand point, well we told the news, never mind the people in the effected area are not getting the news.

Then if anyone complains about being sprayed they can just blame the victim for staying.  





Not only that but how many people do you know that are unlisted that could possibly spread the news?

Spray warning doesn't reach unlisted phone numbers
BY WILLIAM MURPHY | [email protected]
September 11, 2008
Nassau County doesn't warn county residents with unlisted telephone numbers of aerial spraying for West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes because the sprayings are not deemed emergencies, county officials said yesterday.

The state authorized last night's spraying Sept. 3, declaring "an imminent threat to public health" because of an increase in the number of mosquitoes infected with the virus and a jump in human infections, including two confirmed deaths and one suspected death.

But an imminent health threat does not constitute an emergency, said James Callahan, director of the county's Office of Emergency Management.

"The 'threat' is the West Nile virus, but the action taken in response to the threat is the aerial spraying. The aerial spraying is not an 'emergency,'" Callahan said in a statement.



But several county residents said the emergency notification system, unveiled a year ago by County Executive Thomas Suozzi, should be able to reach unlisted numbers. County officials said they had no way of knowing how many unlisted numbers were not called.

Barbara Wojtukiewicz, of Levittown, who has an unlisted number, wondered why she gets so many unsolicited political pitches and other annoying calls, but got none when the county first planned to spray Sept. 4.

"If 15 politicians can reach me on the phone the day before Election Day, how come the county can't now?" she asked. "My husband has a business phone in the house, and we both have cell phones. Give me an excuse for one, but all four?"

Debra Hansen, of Franklin Square, said she only heard about plans for the spraying last week after they were canceled because of high winds.

"I have an unlisted number, but is the county using cell phone lists? Because I didn't get called that way, either," Hansen said.

The pesticide Scourge was sprayed on an area bordered by the Long Island Expressway to the north, the Southern State Parkway to the south, the Queens County line to the west and the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway to the east.

County health officials said last night they expected spraying to be finished around 11 p.m.

Residents were told to stay inside and avoid exposure. Some environmental groups have criticized the spraying because of its possible health effects and have said it's too late in the season to kill many mosquitoes.

Suozzi unveiled the emergency notification system last September, surprising about two dozen members of the media by setting off their cell phones during a news conference. He said at the time that the system would include unlisted numbers and cell phones, but didn't mention any limits to the system.

Environmental group Neighborhood Network said in a letter to county health commissioner Maria Torroella Carney that it had gotten "many complaints about a lack of adequate notice" before last Thursday's planned spraying.

Carney said yesterday that the county did not have much time to notify residents last week because a decision on spraying was not reached until Sept. 2, when mosquito populations and human infections spiked.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Health, Beth Goldberg, said yesterday that her agency and the county Health Department had discussed West Nile data late last month, but the idea of spraying had not been raised until Sept. 2.

Some agencies canceled activities yesterday afternoon. Nassau Community College nixed classes last night, security officials said, and the Jericho and Locust Valley school district canceled athletic competitions and practices, wrapping up all activities by 5:45 p.m.

"It's a terrible inconvenience," Jericho schools superintendent Henry L. Grishman said last night. Activities would normally continue until as late as 7:30 p.m., he said.

"We will be washing down all of our outdoor equipment in the morning," Grishman said. "Swings and outdoor playground equipment will be watered down."

Staff writers Laura Rivera and Zachary R. Dowdy contributed to this story.
http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/thursday/longisland/ny-pocall115837831sep11,0,1357417.story

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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2008, 01:14:10 pm »
their could be many more chemicals in those sprays then suspected!
You can get an industrial chemical mask from home depot for 30$
I have one for both me and my wife they dont have one for my great dain or he would have one also.
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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2008, 01:15:28 pm »
their could be many more chemicals in those sprays then suspected!
You can get an industrial chemical mask from home depot for 30$
I have one for both me and my wife they dont have one for my great dain or he would have one also.

You're on it, good luck to you down there in TX!


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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2008, 01:22:34 pm »
Mosquito Air Strike

09/16/08 - 05:23 PM
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Bay County, Fla:

Residents may not want to look toward the skies this Thursday and Friday.  That’s because Bay County’s Mosquito Control District will be waging war on area pests.
“We’ve had Faye and Gustav and now Ike,” said Beach Mosquito Control director Ed Hunter, “and that causes flooding along the coastal areas which is going to cause a lot of standing water to be out there and mosquitoes start hatching in the standing water.”

Using a chemical called Dibrom, workers will spray the downtown area at dusk from 300 feet above ground.  They will use about 180 gallons of the chemical, dilluting 2/3 of an ounce per acre.

“This product is used all over the state of Florida every day it has been used,” said Hunter, “we’ve used it now in a helicopter since 2000 and really haven’t had any adverse effects.”

But, Hunter says there are some precautions residents should take.

“There’s a tendency for people to look up and the spray will come down and get in their eyes and it’s a very small amount, very small drops and it will burn,” he said, and if it does, “Don’t rub their eyes if they do get it in go and flush them out with water.”

Pilots will be avoiding ball fields and dense populations while spraying for 3-4 hours this week.

“When you’re down-wind from where the helicopter is, that’s when you’re probably susceptible,” said Hunter.

While research on Dibrom varies, state sources say in doses specified, droplets will not enter the lungs.  State reports show it poses no harm to humans or the environment.

Hunter says the main reason for spraying is to control mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus and Equine Encephalitis.  Health Department officials say the nearest case of West Nile was reported last week in Pensacola.  Bay County does not yet have reports of E.E but there have been many in surrounding counties.

http://www.panhandleparade.com/index.php/mbb/article/mosquito_air_strike/mbb7710191/

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Re: Military aircraft (C-130's) to wage war on mosquitoes tonight! Sept-19-2008
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2008, 11:01:05 pm »
Entrepreneur cooks up garlic mosquito spray

Susan Parkou Weinstein GateHouse News Service
Jason Salim was searching for an earth-friendly way to make money last year when he discovered the power of garlic.

Now the 24-year-old Norton, Mass., entrepreneur is using the legendary vampire repellant to ward off another kind of bloodsucker.

His heady concoction of garlic extract and soybean oil can rid a field of pesky mosquitoes for weeks.

"I can't believe no one's thought of it," says Salim, who owns Mosquito Foggers.

Using garlic to kill mosquitoes is hardly a novel concept.

The pungent bulb contains chemicals long known to destroy the soft-bodied insects and may overwhelm their sense of smell.

Organic gardeners often treat their properties and small ponds with garlic extract, along with other natural bug deterrents.

But few entrepreneurs have tapped into the sales potential of the odiferous plant as an alternative to harmful chemicals.

And fewer have tried to market it to homeowners.

A self-described "spiritual and holistic" guy who eats organic and tries to "go green," Salim was turned on to garlic during last year's Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus scare.

He saw state and local governments attacking mosquitoes with pesticides and thought, "There must be a better way."

"I believe in anything that benefits someone without damaging the earth," he says.

He found a commercial garlic product online called Mosquito Barrier and customized it with the addition of soybean oil, water and Palmolive dish detergent to create a spray with exactly the right killing power and viscosity.

The substance kills off the insect larvae in shallow water by clogging their breathing tubes, causing them to suffocate.

Distributed with a gaspowered leaf blower attached to a backpack, it can kill all larvae and adult mosquitoes within 24 hours without harming people or pets - although it does stink, but only for about 10 minutes.

At least one satisfied homeowner said, "It didn't smell at all."

"I do a lot of organic gardening. When he said it was safe, I was glad to hear it," said Robin Clapp, who called Mosquito Foggers to spray part of her five-acre, mosquito riddled property in late June.

Five weeks later, her family is bite-free.

Salim is confident his garlic business will succeed as more people seek the benefits of a pesticide without the drawbacks of a poison.

Contact Susan Parkou Weinstein at [email protected].
http://www.steubencourier.com/news/2008/0907/home_garden/015.html