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On Friday, May 9, 2003, at 09:50  AM, Stone Gordonssen wrote:

>> Other states also seem to take perverse pride in the size of the
>> mosquitos; I've heard similar things about them from Alaska and
>> Minnesota. Luckily for me the mosquitos in Utah are very small and
>
> Well, yes, the ones in Alaska can carry off small pets and children.

See, this is just what I mean! :-)

>> rather scarce. Must have something to do with being on the edge of a
>> desert (i.e., no standing water). Arizona was even better for lack of
>> mosquitos, but it more than makes up for it with crickets and
>> cockroaches.
>
> Alas, that is not true for all parts of Arizona. Due to the irrigation
> for
> it's "necessary" golf courses and verdent lawns (right - first thing I
> think
> of re: deserts is green grass), mosquitos are now a big problem in
> Phoenix -
> in fact, they are expecting to have cases of West Nile virus this year.

Yeah, so are we. We're not much better than Phoenix when it comes to
water use policies, although there is now a lot more talk about
xeriscaping. My wife won't hear of it, though; we just let our grass
get brown in the summer.

Dirk

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