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We Hate Mosquitoes With the Fire of 1,000 Suns

By Alicia Dorr in Miscellaneous on Aug 28, 2007 6:23PM

mosquito%252001.JPG4ce2386f-20a5-47d8-8bfa-8d5768a091d1LargeBecause we’re sickies, we love it when we slap a mosquito that was going for our sweet, sweet blood. There’s something extremely satisfying about kicking Pandora’s ass. That said, if we never had to deal with mosquitoes again, we would gladly give up the rush that comes from squashing them. We hate that we have to give up bananas for months at a time.

The city at least takes a step toward that end each year by spraying for mosquitoes, and that time has come again. Last night Chicago Department of Health trucks sprayed on the Northwest and far South Sides of the city, and tonight they will go for the rest. They are mainly targeting the Northern House mosquito, which sounds absolutely disgusting, as it is the variety that spreads the West Nile virus. We were hoping that virus scare would go the way of anthrax, but it hasn’t. In fact, it's become a full-on health threat — 10 people died of the illness last year in Illinois, on top of 215 other reported cases.

Just like the shit in our water, mosquitoes are flocking to the area after all our rain. So far the city's test traps have yielded fairly few infected insects, but now that they are multiplying those numbers may go up. Either way, here's hoping for considerably fewer of these nasty pests this season — infected or otherwise.

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