Next time you visit the Walt Disney World Resort, pay attention. We bet you won’t see or hear any mosquitoes buzzing around.
Strange, right? Especially given that Florida’s sticky weather and swampland mean the rest of the state is teeming with the little bloodsuckers.
And this is no coincidence, we can assure you. Yep, there’s a surprising reason why the pesky insects are nowhere to be seen inside the park gates.
How do they pull that off? No, the answer isn't magic. Vlogger Rob Plays delved into the answer in a video he posted on YouTube.
It would be a feat to get rid of pesky mosquitoes anywhere, but Disney World is in Florida, a.k.a. swamp territory, where insects are more abundant than other places.
Bugs are annoying, but they're also dangerous if they're carrying diseases like Zika, and Disney has a responsibility to protect its guests.
In short, Disney gets rid of the pests by employing a comprehensive program that includes spraying insecticides and maintaining natural predators, and they do all of this with a level of vigilance that's fearsome to behold.
The park has something called the Mosquito Surveillance Program to manage it all. There are carbon dioxide traps everywhere, and once they catch bugs, the team at Disney freezes and analyzes the population to determine how best to eradicate them.
Interestingly enough, they also employ the use of chickens. These sentinel chickens, as they're called, live in coops all over Disney World. While these feathered employees are going about their daily life, their blood is being monitored for mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus.
Lucky for the chickens, they don't get sick from the virus—but if they do pick it up, the Disney team knows where in the park they got it from so they can deliver a swift blow to the mosquitoes in that area.
You may also notice that the video is populated by clips of the Seven Dwarfs spraying insecticides.
If you're wondering how you missed a lengthy sequence in which Happy, Grumpy, and co. did battle with the local insect population in 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, you didn't.
The clips come from a separate propaganda film that Disney made during World War II called The Winged Scourge, all about the dangers of malaria and the insects that carry it. The disease caused major casualties for the Allies while fighting in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.
Next time you're visiting Disney World, be sure to appreciate the relatively insect-free utopia before returning to the real world.
Check out the fascinating reason why there are no mosquitoes at Disney World in the video below: