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OF MOSQUITOES AND POLITICS

 

(image credit: EuroAmerican Home)

(image credit: EuroAmerican Home)

Anyone notice that we are in a political season?  Yep, we got it all around us – politics.

And, no matter where you are in the political spectrum, you probably agree that this presidential campaign and election season is already … even as presidential campaigns and elections go … heated and nasty and heavy on vitriol.

If you expect the emotion and language to soften over the next few months, you will be disappointed.  Big time disappointed.

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

We have been in business for nine years – and operate our corporate office in Wayland, MA, out of which we service communities in metropolitan Boston, and Boston proper.

Our franchise business, only recently launched, is growing fast; we have seven franchises – one each servicing the following regions: Boston Metropolitan North; Cape Cod; Martha’s Vineyard; Nantucket; Southeastern Massachusetts; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

In this vibrant political season we thought it interesting … and at least a bit appropriate … to take a look at the intersection of politics and the business we are in – with a specific focus on mosquito control.

Mosquitoes and politics – both – can be the most critical and serious of issues.

Nowadays, of course, all one needs to do is conduct a web search – in this case for the term “mosquitoes and politics” – to see what comes up.    We did the search and a lot comes up.

We found a treasure of a media article that discusses the ties of mosquitoes and politics; titled, “Taking the Sting Out of Politics – and Mosquitoes,” it was written by Amit Shekhar, and published on April 14, 2014 in The Pioneer, a daily English newspaper in India.

The following excerpt from the article provides insight as to the value of Mr. Shekhar’s story:

“Leaders and Governments come and go. But the nuisance of mosquitoes never goes. Why aren’t mosquitoes in the national debates, in election speeches, in party manifestos? Mosquitoes stand for many really important issues. They stand for sanitation, sewerage, urban planning, civic responsibility, tax payer money, political will. They stand for corruption, ignorance, criminal apathy.”

Please click here to be taken to the complete article.

As for a mosquitoes and politics closer to home, albeit involving an episode a while back, there is the story, “Marsh Politics:  A Debate on Mosquitoes,” published on March 30, 2003 in the New York Times.”

Written by John Rather, the story focuses on the efforts of an advocate for coastal waters in Eastern Long Island to prevent the government using of pesticides and clearing of ditches in the area to control mosquitoes.

There is the book by anthropologist, Alex M. Nading, Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entanglement, published in 2014.

As described on the page at Amazon where the book is sold, Mosquito Trails draws on “two years of ethnographic research in urban Nicaragua and challenging current global health approaches to animal-borne illness, Mosquito Trails tells the story of a group of community health workers who struggle to come to terms with dengue epidemics amid poverty, political change, and economic upheaval.”

And, again, we did say the business of mosquitoes and politics can be most critical and serious.

Critical – and deadly serious.

Like the mosquito borne disease Zika and politics.

Congress has not yet passed legislation to combat Zika – and it is widely thought that politics is the reason.  But maybe not.

Please click here to be taken to a post, titled, Zika Funding: What If Political Gridlock Isn’t Why Congress Hasn’t Acted,” published on July 25 in the Wall Street Journal.

We can’t get away from politics – it seems.   Or, for sure, it is very difficult to do so.

And it only makes sense that one of the nature’s biggest nuisances is all tied up in and buzzing amid its business and its practice.