Frankly, until about a month ago we had never heard the words "larvacide" or "adulticide."
At first we thought people were talking about abortion or capital punishment. Then, we realized the creature being "cided" was the mosquito.
We're not proud of our ignorance on the subject of mosquito eradication, but in our own defense we have to argue that historically mosquitoes have not really been that big of a problem in this area. We always considered them just one of the minor irritants - like sunburn and sweating - associated with the good, ol' summertime.
This year, though, mosquitoes are serious business and the subject of much debate on how they should best be killed. The reason is West Nile Virus. Though it has taken only a handful of lives since it arrived in the United States a couple of years ago, the disease has put the mosquito up there with the brown recluse spider and the rattlesnake on the list of things that just scare the daylights out of people.