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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com June 10, 2011 at 8:44 am 3,371 40 Comments

Waterfall on I-395 — NBC4 captured video early Thursday morning of a burst pipe underneath the 34th Street Bridge. The rupture sent a torrent of water onto I-395 for more than an hour. The old pipe that created the “waterfall” was reportedly patched up by 2:30 a.m. Utility crews are planning to make permanent repairs. [NBC Washington]

Burger Cook-Off For a Good Cause — The newly-minted Harry’s Smokehouse in Pentagon City mall will be holding a fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen on Sunday. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., “three teams of DCCK chefs-in-training will battle to create the city’s tastiest mini-burgers.” In addition to the burgers, attendees will be able to sample ribs, brisket and other BBQ items from Harry’s. [Eventbrite]

Woman Complains About Mosquito Spray — An Arlington woman has taken to her neighborhood email listserv to complain about a chemical spray used by one of her neighbors. Kate Pemberton says she and her young daughters walked through a cloud of “neurotoxin” while returning from school, thanks to an extermination company that was applying an anti-mosquito spray to a customer’s yard. Pemberton says she reported the incident to county officials, but was told that there was nothing they could do about it. The story was reported by Press Action, a left-leaning environmental news web site. [Press Action]

  • wilbur

    Where’s the link to the waterfall??

  • SD

    Wish my neighbors would get the mosquito spray, that stuff is expensive!

    • david

      We use mosquito squad – call them up as they are willing to negotiate. They’re not nearly as expensive as you would think. The stuff works like a charm too.

      • Westover

        Thanks! I will be calling them TODAY! The skeeters and other bugs were terrible at the kids’ bus stop this morning! Need to see if the whole block will try for a group discount with me!

  • JamesE

    The neurotoxin was so potent it caused her to lose her mind and complain on the internet.

    • NPGMBR


  • Arlington
    • John Fontain

      Based on the link, it’s safe as long as you don’t apply it by sponge to a horse or fog the inside of your house with it. Ms. Pemberton, did the workers apply it on you with a sponge? Did they come to your house and fog the inside of your house with it?

      • Greg


      • PhilL

        They seem to have concerns about using it in residential areas, because of the much higher rate of urban runoff in areas like ours. The higher impact seems to be on the ecology rather than people.

        This is one of those things that is fine for farms and rural areas with higher perc rates, but it sounds like they are not done analyzing how it works in areas like Arlington.

        And like most things, it’s fine when dosed at the recommended rates, which you have to rely on the company to adhere to.

  • Lacey Forest

    Ha! When I was a kid, the county used to send out fogger trucks into the neighborhoods for mosquito control. Didn’t affect us none.

    • Dave

      They did that for years when I lived in Florida. Don’t affect me none. Did that ballot say Al Gore or Pat Buchanan?

    • SoCo Resident

      Lacey Forest writes: “Didn’t affect us none” (two negatives) which means it did affect Lacey Forest. Fogger turcks were probably DDT.

    • CW

      I grew up getting fogged in FL…explains a lot.

  • Westover

    Didn’t some C-130s spray the whole region for fruit flies or beetles some time in the late 70’s or early 80’s?

    • Josh S

      I remember helicopter-applied malathion for fruit flies back in that time frame. But that was in the San Francisco area. Was it a nation-wide scourge?

      • Westover

        They have sprayed for a variety of pests in this area over the years, but it was just in the 70s-80s that I remember aircraft doing the work around here.

    • LyonSteve

      That was actually a mind control program.

  • Me

    Anyone ever use the natural mosquito yard spray. I think its garlic based or something. Does it work?

  • Tre

    I like to go in the backyard and use mosquitoes as the modern day form of bloodletting

  • BoredHouseWife

    If you want to help cut back on the mosquito population remove vines in your yard. There are several yards that are covered in them.

    • Stu Pendus

      Or just burn your yard down.

    • CW

      Standing water – flower pot holders, etc – is a much bigger issue than vines.

  • SoCo Resident

    Press Action is self described “libertarian” news site. Why does ARLNOW describe it as “a left-leaning environmental news web site”?

    Yeah, this mosquito stuff sure is good for you. We all know how careful the minimum-waged pesticide applicators are in mixing and applying the stuff!

    • Josh S

      It might be a hint as to ARLNow’s own tendencies.

    • Libertarian

      Did you actually read any of the other articles on the website or just Google ‘Press Action’? Their site proclaims no such leaning, but after reading some of the other drivel on the site, his ‘a left-leaning environmental news web site’ comment is like calling Boehner a liberal. So Scott was actually being kind.

      If you don’t like the mosquito stuff, complain to the general assembly – they are the only ones that can do anything about it. I hate mosquitos and haven’t found anything other than DEET that actually works.

    • Bringmetheyuppies

      The requirements for an applicators license for pesticides in Virginia are extensive. Held that license for 20 years and made a boat load of money doing what others could do for themselves for pennies without and license at all .But thanks for the defamation and character assassination of those in the field.

  • Justin Russo

    Obviously, this stuff is not mosquito-specific, so you are killing beneficial insects as well as the mosquitos when you use this stuff (including the honeybee; google “Colony Collapse Disorder”). Not too cool.

    • Westover

      Didn’t you read the news last month, cell phones are killing the bee colonys, not the pestacides…..

      • Tinfoil Hat Wearer

        I was pretty sure they were being killed by either flouridated water or by childhood immunization, was I wrong?

      • Hattie McDaniel

        No, cell phones = brain cancer.

  • Here is something to ponder:

    Insecticide use and risk of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study:

    “These results suggest residential and work place insecticide exposure is associated with the risk of autoimmune rheumatic diseases in postmenopausal women.”


    • Tooth Fairy

      An actual peer-reviewed study that shows links between insecticide exposure and certain diseases. Thank you, Lucy. Too bad more people on this comment board aren’t taking exposure to chemical insecticides more seriously.

      • Westover

        How about the peer-reviewed studies linking mosquitoes to Malaria? Pick your poison. I go with eradicating the mosquitoes, personally.

        • BlueSkies

          Malaria was eliminated in the U.S. by the early ’50s. We still have plenty of cancer, though.

        • Vinh An Nguyen

          If we could “eradicate” mosquitoes, it would have already been done.

  • Suz

    I drove by the I-395 waterfall around 1am. They had signs further south on I-95 that said “water on 395, one lane closed”, which made it seem that there was just some water on the road, not a big waterfall gushing onto the highway. Glad they patched it up though.

  • glad to see this poochie has water.

    The lady needs to take another road home.

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