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Long Before Did the FIrst European Settlers of the New World, the First People of this Land Scrimmaged with the Mosquito

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ohDEER is the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We opened our doors in 2007, and launched our franchise business in 2013.

Over the past 12 years it has been our good fortune to have built a successful company, and to afforded the privilege to serve a rapidly growing and highly valued client roster of individuals and families.

Through our corporate office in Wayland, MA, and our franchise network, we deliver and apply our solutions across a writ of geography that takes in all of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; all of Rhode Island; Eastern Long Island in New York State; and Central New Jersey.

Earlier this month we published in this space a post about the mosquito bite – which is actually, and more precisely, the female mosquito stabbing the skin with her proboscis.  Yes, only female mosquitoes bite – and they do so to consume blood they need to produce eggs.

In the post, we mentioned that mosquitoes showed up on this planet 120 million years ago, which is about 119.8 million years prior to humans arriving.

Mosquitoes have of course wreaked and caused extraordinary and incalculable misery, illness, and death through the centuries.

Throughout the world there are in the neighborhood of 2,700 mosquito species – with the United States the residence of about 150 of those species.

The earliest report and documentation of mosquitoes spreading disease – yellow fever – in the New World is dated In the late 1600s.  Over the next century, mosquito-borne illness caused several serious and deadly epidemics in America.

Of course, long before European settlers arrived on these shores, the  first people of the land, contended with mosquitoes.

The First People of the land where ohDEER does business and provides solutions are the WampanoagMoheganMohican (also spelled Mahican), NarragansettNianticUnkechaug (also Poospatuck), NipmucPequotQuinnipiac (also called Quiripi), and Lenape.

We’ve talked in this space prior about Native Americans and how they dealt with mosquitoes.

It is worthwhile to revisit the subject.

As we’ve mentioned earlier, here, the First People created a topical mosquito repellent by compounding  the crushed root of goldenseal and bear fat, and also smeared the stems and leaves of plants yarrow and pennyroyal to ward off the bugs.

Another insect repellent Native Americans used was sweetgrass.  Please click here to be transported to a Washington Post  article, “Research Confirms Native American Use of sweetgrass as bug repellant,” published on August 18, 2015, and written by Wilborn P. Nobles III.

Clicking here takes you to an interesting article, “Mosquitoes Have a Long History of Pestering Florida Natives,” published in the Orlando Sentinel on August 18, 1991.  Author of the story is Dana St. Claire.

As described in the article, archaeologists believe that a primary tactic that the Seminole, the native tribe of the area that is present-day Florida, used to evade mosquitoes was to, when spring arrived, depart their cold-weather habitat along the coastline where heavy swarms of mosquitoes would soon arise, and disembark to the deep parts of woods.

Please check back here soon to read about how in centuries past, indigenous peoples confronted and handled their mosquito problem.