The Mosquito Fogger

One intermittent and looked forward to summer evening event, when I was a kid, was the Mosquito Fogger. A city truck, carrying a large tank of insecticide and the fogging device, would slowly cruise the residential streets. The Fogger, powered by a small gasoline engine which announced its presence a couple of blocks away, would generate clouds of what we all thought of as smoke.

Gravitating to the sound of the engine, flocks of children would walk along behind the fogger, inside the dense cloud of “smoke”, breathing deep of the strange smelling vapor. We all thought this was great fun. The guys in the truck ignored us, and our parents didn’t seem bothered by it all. But, despite what seems obvious today, we all seem to have survived.

Actually, I think the mosquitoes mostly survived the experience, as well.

4 thoughts on “The Mosquito Fogger

  1. Marsha

    Greetings! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give
    you a shout out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to tell you
    keep up the great job!

  2. Wende Love

    Hey, just stumbled onto your blog. A friend & I were talking about the “Fogger Trucks”. This picture & story played out in my neighborhood also. We chased the trucks playing in the “smoke”. Lol. I’m 56 and going strong. No health issues to date. But it does make you wonder…..What was I thinking!!!!

  3. John Cuevas

    I am a historian writing a book about the Fifties, and would like to use your photos of the fogger truck in the book. Would that be possible?

    1. tshrop22 Post author

      John, Sorry, I do not own the rights for these images. They appear in many places on the internet and I wanted to use them as an illustration for the same story in my book, but after much diligent effort and inquiries I could not find anyone who claimed ownership. If you have success, I would appreciate knowing, as well. Tom


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