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Cindi    Posted 06-21-2003 at 05:53:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
....man for a potential book, and since it's getting into mosquito season I asked him how they used to handle them when there were no sprays or repellents.

First of all, he said, it used to fall on the shoulders of the kids to 'joe' the yard. I think he means 'hoe'. Each time a depression formed, one of the kids would fill it in, effectively removing standing water from near the house.

When it got real bad, they would burn bull rushes downwind of the house, basically inundating the house with smoke. I wonder what is in bullrushes that makes them a good thing to burn, or if they were just a handy material for burning. He didn't know either.


Maggie/TX    Posted 06-21-2003 at 08:06:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, you might ask him how they used to exterminate all kinds of bugs in the houses, too.
My Mom was born in rural Mississippi "Way Back When." Where they lived was called Tornado Alley and they had a major tornado go through town back in I believe it was 1913. I'll send you the site link about it in email. Anyway, a lot of the houses were destroyed and they say my grandparents took in parts of 15 different families for the night after that storm. After everybody left, my grandmother discovered bedbugs had been left behind, also. She made the family stay outside and burned sulfur to get rid of the bedbugs. I hear tell that burning sulfur inside an enclosure will eliminate anything alive and was VERY effective. What I'd like to know is why isn't that used today instead of those "bug bombs" that leave a few stragglers around every time so you have to go buy some more expensive bug bomgs?


Cindi    Posted 06-21-2003 at 08:55:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey...I wonder if that works on fleas. We still have a few stragglers from when Havoc was in the house with his broken leg. Right now we are over run with flies. Every time the door opens a new one comes in. I cannot STAND to have a fly walk on me. I have these horrible visions of where they have just come from.


Maggie/TX    Posted 06-21-2003 at 10:21:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
From what I've heard tell, when you burn sulfur in the house, it kills EVERYTHING. That's why you make double sure that everybody and every pet is outa there while it's going on.

My aunt is still alive and kicking at 92, closer to 93 years old and could tell you all about it. She can't remember what day it is today or whether she ate breakfast today or not, but she remembers stuff from her childhood clear as a bell! LOL!


Cindi    Posted 06-21-2003 at 12:55:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, that a pretty common old age affliction, and thanks for the link to the tornado story.


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