A couple of nights ago, I noticed that several containers of standing water on the grounds of my principle worksite were teeming with mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and the larvae swim around feasting on microorganisms and organic detritus. They look much like our benevolent friends the Sea Monkeys, but they are destined to pursue a career of evil when they mature, at least from our anthropocentric viewpoint. Sure, they may be cute and innocent now, but they'll feast on your blood if you let them get the chance. Not countenancing this sort of thing, I decided to engage in some proactive vengeance, so I dumped several containers of water, sending the little swimming critters to their doom. I then sent a text message to one of the daytime managers to inform him that we would have plenty of wee squatters if we don't periodically change the water in these vessels. It's pretty gratifying to dump larva-infested water onto the ground- let the mosquitoes breed as they will, and send their multitudes of progeny to their doom. Muhuhuhuhahaha!
On a county-wide level, the Department of Health is distributing free fathead minnows, which are native to the region. Our "larvae menace" is confined to containers which can be readily dumped, so we have no need of minnows. As an added bonus, single-handedly destroying a thriving community of tiny, helpless critters allows me to engage in my darkest kaiju fantasies in a constructive manner.