Mosquito Spraying

8 Responses to “Mosquito Spraying”

  1. Inez Reams Janess Says:

    Hey Ken,
    Is this for real?

  2. Yes the pictures are real and are from an online site that talks about the use of DDT in the 50’s and 60’s to control mosquitos, and how the government touted it as a safe procedure. Of course we know now just how dangerous the “fog” they sprayed, that so many kids “played” in truly was. These pictures are not from spraying in Camden, but they certainly capture those memories for many. The sprayer mounted on the back of trucks was actually a patented model and was used by most communities that sprayed. I will find a picture of that, and also there is a picture of a Life Magazine cover that shows a popular fashion model of the 50’s, walking through the DDT fog, drinking a coke and eating a hotdog to show how “safe” it was believed to be. There are a number of cases of cancer within some Baby Boomer populations, from some areas, that can trace the cause of the cancers to DDT usage.

  3. Peggy Marks DeBoard Says:

    It’s a wonder we all survived our childhoods!

    I remember playing with mercury. It was cold and rolled around in your hand and if you slapped it to the ground, it would splatter into 100’s of pieces only to come together into the original ball when pushed together.

    What about the lead paint and asbestos wrapped pipes in all the classrooms in Davis?

    Maybe the good artesian well water from Camden saved us!

  4. I used to play in those mosquito sprayers all the time as a kid. Good thing it hasn’t affected me…yet!

    I used to play in those mosquito sprayers all the time as a kid. Good thing it hasn’t affected me…yet!

  5. glenn john nasuti Says:

    Captain…. that is so funny…..We on Remington Street never had to worry about the Mosquito truck…Every Summer, they would do every street but ours because it was only one block long. I Remember the one and only time they came down our street. Our Mom and Lorraine Hough stood at the curb and clapped for the driver. Not to change the subject, but to change the subject. Remember catching Lighting Bugs.
    Did I mention that We on Remington Street never had to worry about the Mosquito truck…Every Summer, they would do every street but ours because it was only one block long. I remember the one and only time they came down our street. Our Mom and Lorraine Hough stood at the curb and clapped for the driver. lol..

  6. Mary Ellen (Henwood) Shortle Says:

    I can still recall the smell!

  7. Dave Parrish Says:

    How’d we live this long? Growing up with mosquito trucks, playing with mercury, riding bikes with no helmets, in cars with no seatbelts or airbags or any padding. I do remember catching lightning bugs in jars with holes in the lid, and the mosquito trucks, playing with mercury….

  8. Inez Reams Janess Says:

    Hey Y’all,

    We are all embalmed!

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