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No More Mosquitoes ...
BY ELIZABETH PRITCHARD Back in America, miraculous DDT may do a home-front job equal to its battle record Spring and housecleaning time are coming. The housewife is stirring. She’s getting out the rug beater, readying the scrub pail and thinking how to shove the piano over where the sofa is now. But in 300,000 South ern homes this year something new will be added. It’s DDT. the miraculous insect poi son which has been doing such a good battle front job. Many homes in 11 Southern states will be sprayed — a trial run against malaria that may become annual after the war. Any morning, now, if a Georgia housewife hears a knock on the door and sees men and spraying equipment in the yard she probably won’t be surprised. In fact, she’ll say, “Good morning. You're the ones I’m expecting?” “That’s right, ma’am. We’re here to spray DDT. It’ll take only half an hour.” Malaria Sarioua Problem ' 'Come right in, then — but don’t you spot my furniture!” She needn’t worry. In some 100 counties of the South, malaria is a particularly serious problem. Authorities are combatting any possibility that this insect-borne disease will sweep that area. The Public Health Service, Army, WPB and other agencies have scraped up enough DDT, although it’s not generally available to civil Insect pests will get no quarter when this crew sprays homes ians, tb protect every home. Spraying will be done between March and June. The initials DDT stand for a mouthful of chemical terms: dichloro-diphenyl-trichlo roethane. When used properly it kills many of our enemy insects, household pests — es pecially the mosquitoes and fleas which spread malaria and typhus fever. Here’s how the anti-mosquito campaign in the South is organized. Already the necessary 100 tons of DDT powder have been gathered. One thousand men have been trained as spraying crews. They’ll soon be invading that malarial zone in 400 mobile units — including converted jeeps and gun carriers. Crews will cover household goods with tar paulins, stow away dishes and raw foods. Walls and ceilings, kitchens and pantries then can safely be sprayed with DDT. It wipes off windows easily. It leaves no mark on curtains, mattresses and other tex tile furnishings. In fact, mattresses can be left on the beds and sprayed to kill any bothersome insects. Sprayed under pressure 18 inches from the wall surfaces, DDT penetrates the finest crevices. There it dries and leaves, tiny crys tals. When insects come in contact with these crystals their nervous systems are destroyed and they soon die. An amazingly small amount of DDT goes a long way. Furthermore, its toxic effects last a long time. A good spraying in these Southern homes now will last all summer and far into next winter. Already DDT has successfully waged bat tle for our armed services against those two wartime diseases: typhus fever and malaria. It stopped a disastrous epidemic of typhus in Italy, and now there is enough DDT louse powder to prevent an epidemic among the liberated peoples of Europe. * In jungle areas, DDT is sprayed on tent walls and used in an oil mixture to kill mos quito larvae in water. Many agricultural uses have been found for DDT. It is effective against codling moths, cabbage worms, Jap beetles, flies and ants. Its chemical potentialities have only been scratched. Much research must be done, how ever, before DDT can be used extensively in agriculture. Although it kills harmful insects, it may also kill some beneficial ones, and upset a natural balance. Experts have found that, under proper conditions, it is no more harmful to human beings than other common insecticides. When used as a louse-powder it can safely touch the skin; when diluted properly as a spray it can be inhaled without harmful effects. Public health officials believe DDT will become one of the foremost health aids to human beings after the war. Housewives probably will get DDT sprays for their own use. DDT even may be mixed with wall paints some day to provide a perpetual death trap for insect house pests. The TH^^Cladiron irons shirts so amazingly because ~~ the patented roller was huilt for sleeves Just slip the shirt sleeve right over the Gladiron roll—and four min utes later you’ve finished the shirt — faster and easier than you ever dreamed ironing could he. Iron children’s clothes or slacks just as simply—and iron flatwork as fast as you can guide it through. You can steam velvets—press trousers— freshen ties—and iron delicate laces and doilies-all without strain or effort. The Thor Gladiron is the won derful iron that stands while you sit down. It takes the backache out of ironing day. No hours of standing when you have a Gladiron, no press ing down, no heat in your face. *Ask your Thor Dealer to let you sign his Priority Register for one of the first Gladirons available. If you don’t know his name, write us. HURLEY MACHINE DIVISION Electric Household Utilities Corp. 54th Avenue and Cermak Koad, Chicago 50. III. c om. c. m. u. co«*.