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Today we have responses to last week's column about natural defenses against mosquitoes:
I'll take skeeters over a herd of horse/deer flies any day. No defense against them.
I'll take the flies, because at least I can see them -- unlike tiny container-breeding mosquitoes.
Bats eat skeeters, as noted here by our correspondent in Texas:
Steve Gordon here. I just read your Monday Mail column about mosquitoes. Believe you me, we have had more rain lately than the Texas Legislature can pass laws against, and we have more mosquitoes now than ever.
Yes, bats are nature's natural enemy against mosquitoes. Let me go up to the Bracken bat cave (between San Antonio and Austin), check in with Batman and see if I can get a few thousand of his friends to travel east to Columbus.
As long as you don't try to net them and haul them over here yourself.
Here's a voice mail about another predator:
This is John. I read your article this morning concerning mosquitoes and possible predators to take care of them. Interesting enough, you don't see these around Columbus too much anymore, but purple martins will eat three or four times their weight in bugs every day. And I don't know whether anybody has room to put up a purple martin house -- you have to attract them -- but Capps sells them. In fact they've got a purple martin house on their property in Phenix City.
Yeah, I once rented a cabin with barn swallows under its eaves, and it was like an animal shield against mosquitoes.
This reader called in and couldn't stop laughing:
This is Betty Witzke. You have just made my day. I laughed so hard about your (laughter). I've got to eat lunch some time. But I have problems with mosquitoes, too. But thank you so much. You have really made my day. ...
I eat lunch over the newspaper because I use so much sauce I need a drop cloth. I've tried to market that tip, but all I've got is "The Ledger-Enquirer: We Get Your Drip."
Tim Chitwood, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-571-8508.