Skeeters or Snakes?: You have to pick your poison

http://news.yahoo.com/venomous-snakes-harbor-deadly-brain-swelling-virus-210958870.html

Fascinating story, possible horrible.  Is the potential for mosquito mayhem a further ramification of global warming?  As I understand the problem, an increase in mosquitos is the result of the winter cold snap not being sufficient to wipe our last year’s crop of the critters, so they keep getting bigger and more problematic for us.

This article is useful–it confirms my anxiety about being confronted by poisonous snakes while walking in the jungle.  Now I can rest assured that my anxiety and trepidation of encountering that couple of cobras around the rushing creek, or that rattler in the Mohave, or others—these were based upon logic and science, not my own fear and insecurity!  It was ancient voices speaking intuitively with me, hooray!

The demonization of mosquitos is useful too–confirming and consistent with my theory that it’s the little critters that will actually bring degrees of ruination to jungle visitors, not the big stuff.  It’ll be the little devil that you never knew was there that brings you down, not the giant wild boar or 11 foot mamba or shimmering 800 pound Siberian tiger.

I am reminded to write about my days and nights after visitation from a blood sucking cockroach in Mindanao.

Anyway, vitamin B-11 (or is B-1?) as a form of repellant against mosquitos is effective as I recall after my own tests in Missouri and Iowa during the Summer 1979.  It’s good, only if you can tolerate the odor that it generates from your pores.  The main point is to obstruct, deter, and repel mosquitos from landing upon one’s bloody yummy-ness because there is no known antidote to malaria, dengue, and whatever else.  Snakes hate mosquitos too, so they ar ranked #1 as unsympathetic antagonists.

Published by anthonycollinsfilm

I am a documentary filmmaker, teacher, writer, and musician. I have lived, worked, and traveled in many parts of the world, and look forward to more adventures and opportunities for learning in the future. I am using this blog as a process of learning, a chance to reflect upon the past, and a good way to express what I know in the moment.

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