How would you like to spend your summer trapping mosquitoes? That’s exactly the job that two county employees near Stroudsburg, PA get paid to do. If you can’t deter the mosquitoes, round ’em up instead. The job has it’s downfalls though. They get eaten alive.
‘”You can walk in the woods and have 20 on you,” said Judy Cherepko. “We are probably the most chewed up people in the county.”‘
Judy Cherepko and Mike Pula spend most of their day setting traps for those annoying mosquitoes. Dry ice, fans, and battery-powered units suck in the pesky insects. One trap caught a many as 1300 mosquitoes this season.
Mosquitoes are sent to the state Department of Environmental Protection to detect if they carry the West Nile virus.
The fearless pair also spend their time spraying insects for periods as long as four to five hours. They’re not afraid to warn about the hazards mosquitoes can cause either, or good mosquito prevention techniques.
‘”If we see tires at somebody’s house we’ll stop and ask them to clean it up,” Cherepko said.’
Repellent Review gives a thumbs up to these two County workers. Without them and others who work on controlling our mosquito population, we’d be getting bit that much more.
A Christmas tree farmer, Jim Boswell, was having a difficult time with deer eating his evergreen trees. This third-generation farmer had to find a deer repellent that would work, or lose his business. Neighbors frowned on his use of shooting guns, and carrying a crossbow. Deer repellent sprays weren’t working either.
Repellent Review would have told Jim he’d probably need to use a combination of proven deer repellent techniques, as just spraying is not as effective. Well he did find a repellent that worked for him. The Critter Blaster Pro, an electronic repellent that produces annoying sounds such as beeps, whistles and screeching sounds. We searched ebay and found this repellent available for $488 to $594. For that price it should work great. It did!
This electronic deer repellent worked so well that his neighbors took him to court. Not only was it annoying the deer, but the neighbors too! Regarding his use of the repellent Mr. Boswell commented, ‘”I am just trying to make a living the old-fashioned way – by farming.”… Boswell’s family has been growing Christmas trees in the Skippack area since the 1940s. “I just want to sell my trees.”‘
Boswell believed he could legally use the deterrent. ‘Like other farming states, Pennsylvania has laws aimed at protecting agriculture. In 1982, as housing developments began eating away at suburban farmland, the state enacted the Right to Farm Act to protect farmers from new residents who might complain about the smells and sounds of farming in their developing neighborhoods.
The law states that any municipality with a nuisance ordinance must exempt agricultural operations that do not have a “direct, adverse effect on the public health and safety.”‘
The Critter Blaster Pro animal repellent can go as high as 112 decibels. Boswell claims he set it at 55 decibels. He’s still fighting his neighbors in court
Repellent Review would suggest using the Critter Blaster Pro electronic deer repellent device if you reside in a rural area with NO neighbors.