What a beautiful morning! Key West at its best. Sun shining, sky blue. Water and wind quiet. The calm before the storm? It has been raining heavy most of the month.
There is a world wide war against mosquitoes. Especially, ZIKA causing ones. Even in the Florida Keys. Mosquitoes like you would not believe!
Until recently, I would have said we in the lower Keys have no problem. A terrific Mosquito Control Board. Now, problems.
ZIKA has driven everyone crazy. News of the ZIKA problem hit us in January. Everyone rushed to do something.
A decision was made by the local Board to test genetically modified bees. Basically untested. The test would be done on the small key of Key Haven. My home. The locals have been up in arms. whether such testing can take place is pending on the November ballot to see if we want it.
In the meantime, there have been a total of four ZIKA cases reported in the Keys. The Keys about 140 miles long running north from Key West to the mainland. The four cases not caused by Keys’ mosquitoes. All were contacted out of the area. Means in another country.
The rush to protect has not only affected the Florida Keys. People are going crazy everywhere. Reminds me of Ebola, which turned out to be a bust.
South Carolina was in a hurry to do something re the ZIKA problem.
Naled is an old time pesticide. Thought to be dangerous to humans. Rarely used. South Carolina did not care. On the last sunday of August for two hours, South Carolina had planes spray naled. In the Dorchester area.
South Carolina is also home to beekeepers. Beekeeping a business in South Carolina. Where sprayed, bees were killed instantly. Millions of them. One beekeeper had 46 hives. He lost 2.5 million bees instantaneously.
It is a month later and no one knows what effect, if any, the spraying had on the mosquitoes.
The bees nuked. Apocalypse for the bees.
Did my podcast last night. A half hour of interesting topics. Bees, included.
Before the show, stopped at Roostica’s for dinner.
Ted Williams spent many years in the Keys. He had a home in Islamorada for twenty plus years. Williams was an avid fisherman.
The story goes that Williams sold his Islamorada home when he had to wait to cross US 1. Too many people.
On this day in 1941, Williams was playing the last day of the season. He was close to batting .400. Had to have a good day to get there. Played a doubleheader. Went 6 for 8. Ended up batting .402 for the season. The last time a player has hit .400.
I am a history buff. Majored in history in college. William the Conqueror part of my education in grammar school, high school, and college. The year 1066. On this date in 1066, William, aka Duke of Normandy, invaded England. Historically noteworthy.
I am looking forward to lunch today. Liz invited me for lunch. She is preparing a special French dish for me.
Enjoy your day!
Between Colony Collapse and mites honey bees are in a world of trouble, then some government agency decides to try and put a final nail in their coffin with an insecticide. Brilliant.