Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Forty-fifth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., December 2, 1931. Forty-fifth summer convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., August 18, 1931
Chambers, E. L.
Little things, pp. 30-33 PDF (1.1 MB)
32 WISCONSIN CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION times by other nations and finally was completed by Uncle Sam, when he found a way to stamp out the mosquito and fly menace responsible for the death of hundreds of working men prior to this time. The clean-up has been so thorough there that the land, once over-run by mosquitoes and house flies, is noted today for its free- dom from these pests We certainly envy Panama after a summer such as we have just ex- perienced with such an abundance of house flies continually annoying us, and while we could stamp them out and would be compelled to do so if typhoid fever beeane epidemic as it does in some sections of the world, we are willing to put up with a lot of annoyance before being willing to pay the price for such a clean-up. If Uncle Sam were to clean up the mosquitoes we have here in Wisconsin, I'm afraid some of our cranberry growers would quit working and think they were in Heaven, because Wisconsin mosquitoes certainly can bite without any apparent effort on their part. Scientists have recently introduced in Hawaii a non-blood sucking species of mosquitoes which feed upon plant life, and the young wigglers of this species feed upon the larvae of the blood-sucking forms in the water. If these adult non-blood sucking mosquitoes would annoy the weeds in the cranberry bogs by their feeding half as much as our native mosquitoes do the folks about the bog, they certainly ought to be able to put a lot of them out of commission. It may interest you to know in this connection that the entomolo- gists now hold "schools" for training the ladybird beetle used so ex- tensively in California for controlling the mealy bugs in the citrous orchards there. The young ladybird beetles are fed nothing but mealy bugs in an enclosure-from the time they are hatched, and upon "graduation" from these schools have so acquired the habit that they will eat nothing but mealy buga. Late last fall, eight million humble little ladybugs collected on the tops of California mountains where they hibernate among the rocks, were shoveled up in their sleep and kept asleep in cold storage by one organization and released at the critical time this summer. They were offered on the market at a price of $1.00 per thousand, which number is considered sufficient for an acre of orchard. Speaking of depression, which seems to be the topic of the day, I wonder if any of you recall the serious economic depression caused by a little insect that came into the United States from Mexico in 1892. It was known as the Mexican Cotton Boll Weevil and caused hun- dreds of thousands of people to move from their farms to nearby towns and to other states, forcing them to seek other occupations. Scores of banks closed their doors because of this one insect, which punctured the squares of the cotton to lay its eggs, causing them to flare and either hang and dry on the plant, or fall to the ground. Land values fell, not only 50 per cent, but frequently they dropped to one-third or even one-fifth of their former value. Families who had lived proudly on the same plantations for generations lost their lands and homes, and in thousands of eases were left practically pen-
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