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It happened at twilight on one of those most uncharacteristic July evenings this week, when the cooler air coaxed me outside beyond the unspoken Delta curfew.

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  • Jfish
    July 18, 2014 at 6:55 a.m.

    Dana, I grew up in the Delta and have said the same thing for years. They were bad when I was a kid in the 70's but with rice and all other crops being irrigated, they are horrendus. It definitely lowers the quality of life. Somehow agriculture and the urban areas are going to have to work together to at least knock them back.

  • Dontsufferfools
    July 18, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

    Dana, Justice Gallagher here at the state Department of Mosquito Eradication, Education and Perpetuation. Saw your column and we're getting right on it. We're out of the $1.5M German =-made sprayers we use to spread pesticide (we had to ship 43 back for repairs; the nozzles don't work in humid air) and we're out of pesticide too. Actually, we thought we ordered a pesticide, but the order No. is so similar to Roundup, and we ended up with 4 million G of that. We're dealing with some really angry park users right now. Until we can get our equipment to Jonesboro — you're now on the schedule for January 2017 — I suggest you buy a can of Off. Also, it you drink 3 ounces of alcohol an hour, the mosquitoes seem less bothersome and for some reason, they're easier to squash after they bite.