Archive for Friday, September 16, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence plagued by mosquitoes

September 16, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 16, 1911:

"All over town today complaints were plentiful that the mosquitoes are the worst that Lawrence has ever known. They may be exaggerating but it is a fact that hundreds of persons suffered last night from the tiny pest. Swarms of these sleep destroyers drove people away from their front porches. But going inside did not help much as the pests managed to get through the screens. The recent heavy rains and the excessive heat are held responsible for the plague. Mosquitoes breed in water and nowhere else. It has been proved that they never breed in weeds.... The best protection from mosquitoes is the one that has been used in the South since long 'befo' de wah.' That is a screen of fine cotton mosquito net over the bed. Hang it so that it touches the floor all around and be sure there is not a hole in it anywhere. Then be sure there is no mosquito under it after it is hung. The next move is to get down on your hands and knees, lift a corner quietly so that no mosquito may hear you and quietly slip beneath it and go to sleep."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

In a few years they will have D D T and then they'll be able to rid of the mosquitos by just hosing down the whole town!

For health reasons, of course

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