The member of the Essex County, New Jersey Mosquito Extermination Commission who wrote this article for us on how to eradicate the little buzzers clearly did not believe in maintaining the delicate balance of the food chain. In fact, he starts off by accusing the readers of not pulling their own weight:
"You are probably complaining bitterly about the mosquito this summer. But what are you doing to eradicate the pest? Nothing, if you are like most other men. And yet, were it not for this carelessness and indifference, which dates back into antiquity, the mosquito might have been stamped out from the civilized world ages ago."
To earn back his approval, you need "only to heed the following simple rules:"
- Get rid of your rain barrel, or at least cover the sucker up.
- Throw away old cans and bottles.
- Toss a cup of crude oil or kerosene into the cesspool (if, you know, you're one of those people with a cesspool on their property) once every 15 days.
- Screen your fireplace, or "stuff well-rumpled paper into the chimney."
Read the full story in Have You a Mosquito Farm at Home?