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You Can Rid Your Yard of
Mosquitoes Without Spraying
Aug 20, 2022 11:25 AM CDT
You Can Rid Your Yard of Mosquitoes Without Spraying
The AP offers some tips
- Life comes with lots of little annoyances, few of them littler or more annoying than mosquitoes. Although it may seem difficult to avoid mosquitoes, the AP offers some ways to reduce or eliminate them from your yard and garden—without resorting to insecticidal foggers or sprays (which the AP points...
Key to Cracking
Jul 17, 2022 7:10 AM CDT
Key to Cracking Burglary Case: Two Squashed Mosquitoes
Police in China make a DNA match in blood analysis
- Police in China say two mosquitoes helped them crack a burglary case in Fujian province. As the
South China Morning Post
explains, authorities in Fuzhou spotted two squashed mosquitoes on the wall of an apartment that had been burglarized. They tested the blood and found a DNA match for a...
Mosquitoes Work as Intended
in case you missed it
Apr 23, 2022 12:50 PM CDT
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Work as Intended
In Florida, engineered male insects mate with females, and offspring was doomed
- Results are in from a pilot study in Florida, where millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes were released into the wild. Some referred to it as the “ Jurassic Park ” experiment when it was announced last year, but—so far—everything is going to plan, according to UK biotech firm...
A 'Miraculous' Bacteria
Jun 10, 2021 8:10 AM CDT
A 'Miraculous' Bacteria Makes Mosquitoes Less Fearsome
The Wolbachia bacteria cut dengue infections 77% in study
- Scientists say a "miraculous" bacteria has shown great promise in tackling the threat from one of the world's most dangerous creatures: the
mosquito. In a large-scale randomized trial in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, the use of mosquitoes infected with the
bacteria cut cases of...
Mosquito Species in Florida
Raises Disease Worries
Mar 16, 2021 1:10 PM CDT
Mosquito Species in Florida Raises Disease Worries
It's been known to carry yellow fever virus in Brazil, though there's no sign of it in US
- A species of mosquito recently found in Florida is causing concern about the spread of disease, including yellow fever.
has been present in Latin America and the Caribbean and has been discovered in Brazil to be infected with diseases including the yellow fever virus and Venezuelan equine encephalitis...
After Hurricane, Mosquitoes
Are Killing Livestock
Sep 11, 2020 3:33 AM CDT
After Hurricane, Mosquitoes Are Killing Livestock
'They're vicious little suckers'
- In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, parts of southern Louisiana have become a mosquito paradise—and hell for livestock. Swarms of thousands of mosquitoes have killed hundreds of cows, along with deer, horses, and other animals,
reports. The insects have been draining blood from the animals, leaving them...
Plan to Release
Gets Go Ahead
in case you missed it
Aug 23, 2020 7:27 AM CDT
Plan to Release 750M GMO Mosquitoes Gets Go Ahead
Florida Keys residents aren't happy about 'Jurassic Park' experiment
- Male mosquitoes don't bite people—but Florida Keys residents still have concerns about plans to release 750 million of them in a mosquito control project starting next year. The plan to release the genetically modified
mosquitoes received final approval from local authorities Tuesday, causing an outcry from...
Plan to Release GMO
Mosquitoes Moves Ahead
Jun 18, 2020 1:46 PM CDT
Plan to Release GMO Mosquitoes Moves Ahead
Florida approves experiment, though a last hurdle remains
- A plan to set loose 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas will move forward despite concerns from environmentalists who liken it to a "Jurassic Park experiment." The non-biting male
mosquitoes developed by British biotechnology company Oxitec contain a protein, passed to biting female...
Poor Neighborhoods Have
an Unusual Health Threat
Dec 30, 2019 10:30 AM CST
Poor Neighborhoods Have an Unusual Health Threat
Study finds they have bigger mosquitoes
- A new study out of Baltimore highlights an unusual health threat: Low-income neighborhoods with abandoned buildings have bigger mosquitoes. Researchers found this to be the case after an extensive block-by-block comparison in Baltimore, they report in the
Journal of Medical Entomology
. Bigger mosquitoes breed more, bite more, and live longer,...
Has a Surprise Outcome
in case you missed it
Sep 21, 2019 12:05 PM CDT
Mosquito Experiment Has a Surprise Outcome
Instead of wiping them out, genetic engineering may have made them more 'robust'
- The idea made sense on paper: Introduce male mosquitoes genetically engineered to be sterile into the bug population and watch the insect numbers drop. As
reports, that's generally what happened in a Brazil experiment—but only for about 18 months. At that point, the numbers rebounded, say...
In This State, 2nd Death From
a Mosquito-Borne Killer
Sep 21, 2019 8:15 AM CDT
In This State, 2nd Death From a Mosquito-Borne Killer
Elderly man dies in Massachusetts from Eastern equine encephalitis
- A second person has died in Massachusetts from a rare mosquito-carried virus. CNN reports the patient, said by the state's Department of Health to be a man from Bristol County in his 70s, was the commonwealth's 10th confirmed human case of Eastern equine encephalitis, caused by a virus...
She Fell Ill After Mosquito
Bite, Was Dead 6 Days Later
in case you missed it
Aug 31, 2019 9:01 AM CDT
She Fell Ill After Mosquito Bite, Was Dead 6 Days Later
4 people have come down with the rare eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts this month
- Laurie Sylvia started feeling sick last Monday. Less than a week later, the Massachusetts 59-year-old was dead, killed by a rare mosquito-borne illness. Sylvia, who died Sunday, is the fourth person in the state to contract eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) this month. That's notable considering an average of just...
A Mosquito Study Started
as 'a Lark.' Then It Worked
Feb 8, 2019 2:35 PM CST
A Mosquito Study Started as 'a Lark.' Then It Worked
Scientists discover that our diet drugs work on the insects, keep them from feeding
- Human diet pills could one day stop mosquitoes from feasting on you in the night. Scientists have given drugs used on people to trick blood-thirsty mosquitoes into thinking they've already had their fill of blood. The researchers hope the technique will eventually be used to control the spread of...
Mosquitoes Help Cops
Subdue Fleeing Suspect
Sep 24, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
Mosquitoes Help Cops Subdue Fleeing Suspect
Alleged getaway driver in booze theft surrenders in a Wisconsin cornfield
- First came the crime-fighting cows . Now, the mosquitoes. Police in Wisconsin's Fond du Lac County say they arrested a fleeing suspect who surrendered in a cornfield because he couldn't take the swarming mosquitoes anymore, reports ABC7 Chicago . "When we handcuffed him he asked us to wipe his...
Pet Meds, Laser Fences Could
Tackle Insect-Borne Diseases
Jul 5, 2018 10:05 AM CDT
Pet Meds, Laser Fences Could Tackle Insect-Borne Diseases
Scientists say isoxazolines could prevent up to 97% of Zika cases
- Scientists are testing new ways to prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases like Zika and malaria, one of which involves sharing medication with your dog. New research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation suggests drugs included in anti-flea and tick medications for pets could prevent 97% of Zika...
Jun 24, 2018 1:10 PM CDT
Mosquito-Borne Virus Infects Human for First Time
It took scientists 18 months to figure it out
- A coastal virus that can cause a rash and mild fever has officially infected a person for the first time, NPR reports. Scientists say it took 18 months to figure out that a Florida teen who got sick during the Zika outbreak of 2016 actually had the Keystone virus, which...
More Than Tripled
May 2, 2018 6:11 AM CDT
Tick, Mosquito Infections Have More Than Tripled
Bloodsucker season is getting longer, CDC warns
- The number of Americans catching diseases from tiny bloodsucking creatures is going up at an alarming rate, federal authorities warn. According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported illnesses caused by ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas more than tripled between 2004 and...
US Mosquitoes Will Soon
Have a New Pest: Mosquitoes
Nov 8, 2017 12:51 PM CST
US Mosquitoes Will Soon Have a New Pest: Mosquitoes
Biotech startup will release infected males in 20 states, DC to mate with females in the wild
- A biotech startup has just gotten approval from the FDA to unleash a new weapon against potentially dangerous mosquitoes. The weapon? Mosquitoes. As Gizmodo explains, a company out of Kentucky called MosquitoMate will sell male mosquitoes infected with a bacterium to businesses and homeowners in 20 states still to be...
Air Force Battles
Sep 13, 2017 8:41 AM CDT
Air Force Battles a Post-Harvey Villain: Mosquitoes
They're a real nuisance
- Texas has sicced the Air Force on a post-Hurricane Harvey enemy: mosquitoes. As of Tuesday, 1.85 million acres (that's about 1% of the state) had been coated with insecticides via Air Force C-130 cargo planes. The planes had at that point sprayed three eastern counties, with plans to...
Guy's Twitter Account
Blocked After Death
Threat (Against Mosquito)
Aug 30, 2017 12:40 PM CDT
Guy's Twitter Account Blocked After Death Threat (Against Mosquito)
It appears a Twitter algorithm, not a human, picked up certain keywords
- A Japanese man recently found his Twitter account permanently frozen after tweeting a violent message alongside a picture of a corpse: "Bastard! Where do you get off biting me all over while I'm just trying to relax and watch TV? Die! (Actually you're already dead)," wrote...
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