With the recent and overwhelming California heat comes hot flashes, sweaty sheets, and, worst of all: mosquitoes. Much to our dismay, the City of Whittier issued a notice of mosquito infestation throughout the area. Though many students seem to have been unbothered, some of us unlucky few have encountered multiple bites across campus. However, it seems as if the mailroom and its employees have had the most unfortunate encounters with these pesky insects.
When asked, the Mail and Print Center Operations Manager Barry Davis said that leaving the counter open for students was a contributing factor in his 20-plus mosquito bites. After a campus alert issued on Nov. 7, Davis made the decision to shut the window and keep the mailroom doors closed. “Due to the ‘Mosquito Epidemic’ we are currently going through,” Davis wrote in a student-L sent on Nov. 8, “We have been instructed to keep our door closed in order to help keep the mosquitos out of the mailroom.”
However, this does little to get rid of the mosquitoes. Broken sprinkler heads around the plants in the sidewalks along Painter, between Hoover, and the Campus Center caused standing water, which,w when combined with the heat, attracts mosquitoes. Earlier this week, Davis decided to once again leave the mailroom door open and is hoping that the mosquitoes begin to disappear with the increasingly chilly weather.
At the moment, the only precautions students can take is to generously apply insect repellant and wear long sleeves or pants if they know they will be in parts of campus with a considerable mosquito population (namely, around the CI and the Ruth B. Shannon Center). Despite its pest problem, the mailroom is still operational. “We will be keeping our normal hours of 8:00 to 4:30,” wrote Davis. “but our door will be closed until the epidemic has passed.”