|James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer living in Kapa'a|
with his best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby...
This blog was published in my bi-weekly column in the Kaua'i Garden
Island news on 06-02-14 titled, "The Fumigator, Terminator.?" Please click on
the link below and check recommend or better yet share on Facebook!
|No, the circus was not in town, they were fumigating and tenting the residences|
in the senior and disabled housing complex behind Mahelona hospital..
We all hope all the gasses and chemicals dissipate...
They waited for the reprieve. Many felt like prisoners on death row about to be executed. There was no phone call at midnight from the Governor, therefore the fumigation was to begin.This was not the movies, this was real life, no reprievel.
Approximately 32 elderly and or disabled people from the 55 and older senior housing project behind Mahelona hospital were recently displaced so their homes could be pumped full of poisonous gaseous fumes.
It looked like the circus was in town with bright Red and yellowish-orange tents circumventing this senior housing project. This traveling show of tents was not very entertaining to say the least.
Some call it terminating, others fumigation and most know it as pest control. It will keep all the pests out. No door to door salesman crooks or politicians will even try and knock on your door with signs all over that say, "Danger, Peligro,Fumiogation, Sulfuryl Fluoride, (Vikane)."
My recommendation for a cheap security system is to purchase or make these signs and plaster them all over your home. Even the most criminal of criminals with stay out.
A man representing the pest control people with reddish- orange complexion and dilated pupils told residents the chemicals have no ill effects. How re-assuring.
Arnold Schwarzenegger may have been the terminator in the movies, however the real terminator is pest control. It takes hours to prepare your home. You need to double bag every food item, medication and toiletries such as toothpaste and mouthwash with a special nylon coated polymer film plastic bag.
There's no denying bugs, termites and insects on Kaua'i. The question remains, is it really necessary to fill homes with toxic poisons. Plants, pets and humans cannot be present because they would die.
All plants and grass within four feet will most likely die. Just replacing plants is a huge expense, let alone replacing many food items thrown out due to the paranoia of the thought, "is it really safe to eat the bagged food after returning home?"
Management required all tenants, many with either mental or physical disabilities, to pack things up and live elsewhere for 5 days while they tent and fumigate all their homes.
Besides the stress of being driven out of their homes, it's the aftermath of possible ill effects that has many so very concerned. Many believe it's not right - or safe - to be forced to turn frail lives and fragile homes over to a poisonous chemical that will silently kill every living thing within four walls within hours---and then be expected to return home and pick up living as if nothing happened. Many worry about the long term collateral damage and lingering ill effects that such heavily poisoned air might have on so many elderly and disabled folks.
There are alternatives to ridding buildings of termites and other pests that are not toxic to humans. Boric acid and water will kill termites and no need to vacate your home or bag your medications and all food in double lined nylon coated bags.
The stress alone from packing and unpacking and worrying if any of the poisons are still lingering around is enough to drive one insane.
Some considered this a stay-cation while others suffered. It's still to be determined if any collateral damage results.
The tenting and fumigation was beyond the authority of the awesome and caring local management team which did everything possible to help all residents.
The residents appear tired and are walking around like zombies, however the termites are dead.
Read Tom LaVenture's article in the Garden Island News about the fumigation. It appeared Saturday May 3,2014 in the online only edition. Too bad it did not make the hard copied edition.
Check it out below,
A World record was set at Kauai's annual signature event, Taste of Hawaii on Sunday June 1, 2014.
Antonio Palomaras the general manager of the Kaua'i grill in Princeville sets a worlds record by sabering with saber knife 31 bottles
of Jean Louis by Charles Defere champagne. The champagne is not cheap either at over $50.00 a bottle. After the record was set there was free champagne for all!
Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared from Facebook...
|Poor guy, I was thinking the same thing, no safety glasses|
work gloves or hard hat! ;D_