The City of Richmond Heights mosquito fogging program will take place every Wednesday through September beginning at sundown. Staying indoors during the application is recommended.
This is exciting news for people who grew up in the 1960s.
That was the golden decade of mosquito spraying. No one was told to stay indoors, or to bring their pets inside. In the sixties, the mosquito truck was a major event of summer. No computers or iPhones. No video. No air conditioning. So, across America, kids jumped on their bikes—boys, girls, dogs—and rode, right behind the truck, enveloped by the mysterious cloud, in long, festive parades of the type usually reserved for returning astronauts and dead presidents.
What effects has it had on these children of the 60s, now in their fifties and sixties? Here are some responses. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. None of these people are innocent.
“I did not ride along with that mysterious truck spewing out white fog. I knew it was a government conspiracy to gas all of us at once.” -Jim S.
“I think that’s why I can’t do math today.” -Jim M.
“I really miss it…it was as exciting as hearing the Mr. Softie truck!” -Mike N.
“All the neighborhood kids peddled Schwinn stingrays and followed the truck all around the neighborhood. Like a Spielberg movie that wasn’t EPA approved.” -Gene M.
“How about the spraying at the drive in? 1000 People at one time!” -Fran B.
Mosquito spraying was halted in the late 1960s, partly because the dangers of DDT were being discovered, but mostly because the frequent sprayings led to the evolution of resistant mosquitoes. In other words, they adapted to it and became immune. There is no available data as to the effect of spraying on 60s kids, but obviously they’ve adapted, too.