Be careful. Street sewers usually dump to lakes and streams. What you
put in them may pollute.
Call your city and ask. If it's standing water, the health department
should take interest due to recent outbreaks of West Nile Virus and other
I take it you are on city water? If you were on a well, it would be
easy- whenever you notice mosquitos, just dump enough water in the catch
basin there to flush the eggs down the outflow pipe. There shouldn't
<always> be standing water, by the way. Most catch boxes I have seen are
only a couple cubic feet below the outflow pipe, and aren't really
water-tight. They are just for surges, and to give sand and stuff a
place to settle out where it can be easily removed, instead of in low
spots in the sewer run itself. I'd call city street and health
departments and request it be checked out- the thing may just need cleaning.
Same problem here, my city sanitarian gave me a card of BT donuts and
I hang a few on some string so they stay in the basin and don't wash
BT is a bacteria and there is a strain for caterpillars and a strain
for mosquito larvae, kills em .
As it turns out, that "good reason" is responsible for the death of hundreds
of thousands - maybe millions - due to Malaria.
Like breast implants, the world's opinion has changed. WHO now recommends
indoor DDT spraying to control mosquitos.
The "environmentalists" may be directly responsible for more deaths and
misery than polluters.
They don't recommend it; they allow it, recognizing its extreme
environmental dangers. The EU has basically prohibited the use of DDT
Yeah, yeah; heard it all before. Turns out there are other ways to
control the spread of malaria than using environmentally-destructive
chemicals (pyrethrins, etc.).
By the way, so long as we're on the topic: I've been reading about
malaria recently. The life cycle of this disease and the organisms
involved (Plasmodium and the Anopheles mosquito) are fascinating and
mind-boggling, especially the way the protozoan responsible for the
disease (Plasmodium), a one-celled critter, morphs into six or seven
completely different forms (some sexual, some asexual) and has the
"smarts" to evade the immune systems of two different, much more complex
organisms. Amazing stuff.
"Wikipedia ... it reminds me ... of dogs barking idiotically through
endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.
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