Here’s Why Disney World Doesn’t Have Mosquitoes
Florida has many wonderful things going for it—jaw-dropping beaches, mermaids, and Florida Orange Grove Pie. It also has mosquitoes, though. Lots of mosquitoes. Most Southerners just accept them as part of the cost of living in the swamp. However, there’s one corner of Florida that doesn’t have the little buggers: Disney World.
Step foot into the Magic Kingdom and it’s very unlikely you’ll get bitten by one of those pesky blood suckers. While it feels like part of the magic that makes up the Most Magical Place on Earth, there’s a lot of elbow grease and science behind it—and some chickens, too.
In a video spotted by spotted by Neatorama, a video blogger named Rob Plays takes a look at the comprehensive pest abatement program that makes Disney nearly mosquito free.
According to Plays, the park has something called the Mosquito Surveillance Program to make sure mosquitoes aren’t invading the park. The program includes all the usual suspects of insecticides and maintaining natural predators, like the bats that loiter around Fort Wilderness. As anyone who battled the bugs in their backyard knows, though, mosquitoes are a wily bunch.
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To make sure Disney is using the right insecticide to kill the little buggers, they also use carbon dioxide traps everywhere, which catch the bugs so the Disney team can analyze them and figure out the best way to eradicate them.
As for the chickens, well, according to The Disney Blog, the so-called sentinel chickens live in coops all over Disney World and just go about their chicken lives. Their blood is regularly monitored for mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and Zika. While chickens aren’t prone to West Nile or Zika, if the diseases show up in their blood, based on where the chicken coop was located, park employees know exactly which part of the park they need to focus their mosquito destroying powers on.
Now, raise your hand if you would buy a Disney Sentinel Chicken Mosquito-Fighting Squad t-shirt?