Don’t Need No Stinkin’ “Joe Ditches”!

Actually one man did, Walt Disney.

Ya see, “Joe Ditches” was the name of the underground drainage ditches by Joe Potter under Walt Disney World in Florida.

Joe was known to have helped eradicate swarms of mosquitoes which were carriers of the pathogen malaria down in Panama.

Disney World’s 25,000 acres are right smack dab in the middle of a swamp with standing water everywhere which is the perfect breeding ground for pesty (and potentially dangerous) mosquitoes.

Using pesticides was not an option for Disney.

By now you can figure out how Joe went about removing the mosquitoes, by removing all standing water on the whole Disney World property.

There are other ways they used to keep the flying vampires at bay there at Disney World like putting mosquito-egg eating fish in their ponds and using a faint garlic mist humans can’t detect but mosquitoes can.

Disney also keeps chickens on the property as testers. Their blood is tested for pathogens from mosquitoes that are harmful to humans but not the chickens.

A lot of thought has gone into the safety precautions so you and your family can enjoy your Disney World adventures.

Don’t Need No Stinkin’ “Joe Ditches”!

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