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Exclusive: Upper West Side Mosquito Mystery: Families Terrorized By Swarms Of Underground Insects...
CBS Local News - NYC ^ | November 3, 2011 | Dave Carlin

Posted on 11/04/2011 7:25:46 AM PDT by ETL

Families Terrorized By Swarms Of Underground Insects That Invade Homes

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — An insect invasion is terrorizing New York City homeowners, making life miserable, even dangerous, for many families. Parents have been forced to take extreme measures to protect their children and their homes.

CBS 2’s Dave Carlin investigates the growing Upper West Side mosquito mystery:

These rare mosquitoes are extra blood-thirsty and active year-round. Carlin saw some of them in a lab after they were collected in the unlikeliest of places, Bernard Lagan’s home on West 84th Street.

“They trapped 150 mosquitoes in the basement in a 24-hour period coming from underground and into the basement and up in to the house through the air vents and it’s the same story as the other brownstones on this block,” Lagan told Carlin.

It’s an invasion that has almost every resident of 84th Street between Riverside and West End Avenue slapping, scratching and suffering.

“They’re hungry. They’re hungry,” said resident Susan Nicholson.

“Three on this ear; one on his cheek; one on his neck,” another woman said, illustrating the bites on one of her children. “And there are some on his arms going up his arm.”

(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bloodsuckers; manhattan; mosquitoes; upperwestside
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There is a mosquito epidemic on the Upper
West Side. It appears this particular type of
insect lives inside NYC sewers. They are
working their way into homes, attacking residents
and forcing people to sleep under netting at night.

(Photo: CBS 2)

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/03/exclusive-upper-west-side-mosquito-mystery/

1 posted on 11/04/2011 7:25:51 AM PDT by ETL
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2 posted on 11/04/2011 7:26:40 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ETL

Return to the Lord and repent. Bugs have been known to inhabit satanic places.


3 posted on 11/04/2011 7:27:10 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ETL

I suspect these people are suddenly less fond on their parents’ having banned DDT 50 years ago.


4 posted on 11/04/2011 7:28:33 AM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: ETL

Teenage Mutant Ninja Mosquitos! Break out the DDT!


5 posted on 11/04/2011 7:29:23 AM PDT by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: ETL

Sounds like liberals.


6 posted on 11/04/2011 7:29:58 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: ETL

DDT


7 posted on 11/04/2011 7:30:40 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: ETL

We have mosquitoes in Louisiana as well, but it’s not a news story.


8 posted on 11/04/2011 7:32:01 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ETL
It probably corresponds to the decimation of the area's bat population by white-nose disease.

Bats eat an amazing number of mosquitos.

9 posted on 11/04/2011 7:32:01 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: ETL

Seems Bernard might have a bigger problem with broken pipes in his basement. Eliminate their breeding grounds and you eliminate the mosquitoes. Didn’t NY just get their first cold weather? Well, insects aren’t dumb, they’ve gone inside where it’s warmer.


10 posted on 11/04/2011 7:32:50 AM PDT by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: pabianice

Rachel Carson bump...


11 posted on 11/04/2011 7:32:56 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: yldstrk

‘Repent’ is a word we don’t hear enough in this country anymore...


12 posted on 11/04/2011 7:34:04 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Sounds like liberals.

I doubt there are more than a handful of non-libs living on the expensive upper west side of Manhattan. It's the "Limousine Liberal" capital of the northeast. Lots of people from the entertainment industry live there. Actors, writers, etc.

13 posted on 11/04/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: who knows what evil?

true story


14 posted on 11/04/2011 7:36:11 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ETL

So, blood suckers are plaguing the blood suckers. And some people think God doesn’t have a sense of humor...


15 posted on 11/04/2011 7:38:00 AM PDT by null and void (MSGT Dean Hopkins USMC (ret) WWII-Korea-Vietnam 11/9/1925-10/22/2011 My hero, my Dad)
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To: ETL

Lol.


16 posted on 11/04/2011 7:38:35 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: Oberon

Could be.


17 posted on 11/04/2011 7:39:11 AM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: ETL

I always thought that NYC was full of blood-sucking liberals.


18 posted on 11/04/2011 7:40:29 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: pabianice

you credit them with higher iq’s than is realistic.


19 posted on 11/04/2011 7:43:17 AM PDT by ken21
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To: ETL

That’s particularly nasty if they are living in the sewers, because the only thing they could be feeding on down there are the rats. It’s only a matter of time before they transmit some disease from the sewer rats to these Manhattanites.


20 posted on 11/04/2011 7:44:03 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Joe 6-pack
We have mosquitoes in Louisiana as well, but it’s not a news story.

Lol! It's a news story because it seems to be a new, very aggressive form of mosquito that will likely spread to other areas. And these 'suckers' hang around in winter.

21 posted on 11/04/2011 7:44:34 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Boogieman

Good point.


22 posted on 11/04/2011 7:45:30 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Boogieman

Then again, I’m sure there is nothing new about Mosquitoes living in the NYC sewer system.


23 posted on 11/04/2011 7:47:33 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: bgill
Well, insects aren’t dumb

Lol. I know what you mean, but taken at face value that's a real corker!

24 posted on 11/04/2011 7:48:25 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: ETL
"It's a news story because it seems to be a new, very aggressive form of mosquito that will likely spread to other areas. And these 'suckers' hang around in winter."

Aggressive? We have mosquitoes here that will stand flatfoot in the dust and rape a rooster. They stick around all winter, too...

25 posted on 11/04/2011 7:50:37 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: yldstrk

When I lived and traveled around the south a few years back; I saw many Christian-themed billboards lining the highways but only saw TWO calling upon people to repent. Both were in Georgia.


26 posted on 11/04/2011 7:52:02 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: bgill
problem with broken pipes in his basement

In NYC there are steam pipes that run beneath the roadways, which warms everything around them. They are talking about Culex Pipiens Molestus living in the storm sewers:

“Eliminating them, we are told by the Health Department, is going to require ripping up the road, treating it and putting the road back down,” Lagan said.

“I just saw coming up from these holes a whole bevy of mosquitoes. If the city were to patch up the holes in the street it would take care of at least some of the mosquitoes,” Rosenthal said.

Culex pipiens molestus breeds all-year round, is cold intolerant, and bites rats, mice, and humans. It is also known as the The London Underground mosquito, where it was first observed during WWII. First appearance in NY, I am guessing.

27 posted on 11/04/2011 7:52:02 AM PDT by frithguild (Restricting access to capital - Liberalism: The sharpest tool of big business, banks, etc.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Yeah, well, you also can’t tell anybody what they are doing is evil or wrong. They might get “offended”


28 posted on 11/04/2011 7:53:44 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Joe 6-pack
We have mosquitoes here that will stand flatfoot in the dust and rape a rooster. They stick around all winter, too...

Up until now, we in NYC have only had people that do both of these things. And we do have roosters, believe it or not, in certain areas within the 5 boros.

29 posted on 11/04/2011 7:55:10 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
Wow. You like to exaggerate. Just get rid of any standing water in the basement or spray some oil where water accumulates and they can't reproduce. Case closed.
30 posted on 11/04/2011 7:55:24 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: who knows what evil?; yldstrk
‘Repent’ is a word we don’t hear enough in this country anymore...

AMEN to both of you gentlemen.

Unless and until America thoroughly embraces Chronicles 7:14, we as a Nation are going to continue down the slippery slope which leads to absolute destruction and desolation.

God is patient, but even His divine patience ultimately will be exhausted.

God help us.
31 posted on 11/04/2011 8:08:08 AM PDT by mkjessup (I stand with Herman Cain, a God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Constitution-honoring PATRIOT.)
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To: ETL
Yankees gettin eaten by bugs.

It's taken a 146 years but the South is striking back and we will get even.

Surrender is their only option.

32 posted on 11/04/2011 8:08:41 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: ETL

Find the stagnant water, drain it and get some %$#^%#$ bug spray!!

Why is everything such a freakin’ big catastrophe in liberal cities?


33 posted on 11/04/2011 8:10:05 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: ETL

Sounds similar to the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Active in day time and at night - aggressive feeders - Houston had a big problem with them a few years ago. Don’t know if they still do.


34 posted on 11/04/2011 8:10:19 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: mkjessup

Not that it matters,but I am female.


35 posted on 11/04/2011 8:10:38 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
Not that it matters, but I am female.

I'm sure it matters to your husband or boyfriend. :)

36 posted on 11/04/2011 8:20:20 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Boogieman

That’s particularly nasty if they are living in the sewers, because the only thing they could be feeding on down there are the rats. It’s only a matter of time before they transmit some disease from the sewer rats to these Manhattanites.

All true, but what sewer related disease can equal the diseases common on the Upper East Side due the perverse behaviors of teh residents?

Even Plague is easier to cure than HIV, Hepatitis, etc.


37 posted on 11/04/2011 8:28:44 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"We have mosquitoes in Louisiana as well, but it’s not a news story."

Boy isn't that the truth. The joke used to be the State Bird of Louisiana was the mosquito. :)
38 posted on 11/04/2011 8:33:09 AM PDT by Redhd2
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To: ETL
"Up until now, we in NYC have only had people that do both of these things..."

In that case, I'd say the mosquitoes are the very least of your worries.

39 posted on 11/04/2011 8:45:55 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Oberon

Don’t forget that the greenie windmills kill bats at night. Agreed - bats are amazingly talented at eating pounds of mosquitos per night!

I don’t know details about whether or not NYC even has a bat population. They like our old barn to have their babies in - no barns in NYC, however!!


40 posted on 11/04/2011 8:59:57 AM PDT by stonehouse01
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To: justlurking

West Nile started in New York in 1999. The United Nations is in New York. Look for most of the trouble to start there. :>) Tin foil hats being handed out at JFK


41 posted on 11/04/2011 9:08:19 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: Boogieman

“It’s only a matter of time before they transmit some disease from the sewer rats to these Manhattanites.”

I have more sympathy for the rats getting something from these Manhattanites.


42 posted on 11/04/2011 9:09:28 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: stonehouse01

Yes, we have several varieties of bats here. You often see them flying around near sunset, mostly in places like Central Park, but also in the suburban sections of the other boros. Brown Bats and some other species.


43 posted on 11/04/2011 9:11:15 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Joe 6-pack

44 posted on 11/04/2011 9:12:31 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

45 posted on 11/04/2011 9:18:44 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: stonehouse01

Bat watching in New York Cty | West Side Spirit

As the final days of summer sink into fall, New Yorkers may want to add one more thing to their to-do list of last hurrahs—bat watching. An organization called the New York City Bat Group, formed in 2004, promotes awareness and education about the bat species native to the city. One of their missions is to simply get New Yorkers to look up.

“Any night that it’s warm in the summer and the insects are flying, the bats are out there eating them,” said Danielle Gustafson, one of the group’s original members. She said that many people mistake them for low flying birds, but bats can be found in most parks throughout the city. Gustafson works with the Museum of Natural History to lead tours through Central Park, teaching people how to spot red and little brown bats, two of the most common types.

Gustafson isn’t a biologist; she worked for the New York Stock Exchange for 14 years and now runs digital and social media for a bank holding company. But her enthusiastic fascination for the winged creatures is perhaps the best possible qualification to educate the general public about an animal that many associate with Halloween, vampires and a certain caped crusader of pop culture. She first got interested in bats when, due to her interest in bird watching, a friend invited her on a trip to the Amazon with a group of wildlife and bat conservationists. The more she learned, the more she became endeared to the often misunderstood animals.

How does she dispel an ingrained sense of chiroptophobia?

“You start out with the fact that they’re mammals,” Gustafson said. “They’re closer to primates than rats are.”

She also marvels at their intelligence and instincts, recalling a time when she and her husband were helping a friend complete research on bats in French Guinea for her doctorate. (The couple got engaged on a bat research trip in South America and requested donations to bat conservation organizations in lieu of wedding gifts.) They were netting mothers carrying their babies on their backs when they noticed one juvenile missing its mom. Their scientist friend told them they should take care of the baby and deposit it back to the same spot in the jungle where they had found it, since the mother had probably dropped it off to feed and would return to pick it up later.

“They park their kids and then come back,” Gustafson said, admitting that before she had witnessed it, she was skeptical the bat would remember the exact spot. “They have great special memory.” When they tried netting in the same spot two nights in a row, all of the bats knew to steer clear of the area the second night.

On her bat excursions, Gustafson points out the bats’ ability to zero in on their prey—insects—without swiping people or branches. She uses a bat detector to tune in to their calls in order to find and identify them.

“The closer to actual prey [they get], it sounds like they’re giving someone a raspberry because the clicks are so rapid and they’re zeroing in on the prey, and that’s hilarious,” Gustafson said. “You realize how close over your head they’re flying, how uninterested they are in you.”

But Gustafson insists that people should be interested in the bats, because an alarming number of local bats have been dying of something called White Nose Syndrome. Because there is no official count of the bat population in the city, it’s difficult to say how the disease is affecting them, but scientists are seeing it throughout the Northeast and are concerned that it could lead to local extinction.

“These are hibernating bats; they’re having these massive die-offs,” said Gustafson. “Bats have one baby per year, so these die-offs are really alarming.” The Bat Group hopes to secure funding to figure out what’s causing the spread of the deadly fungus.

Gustafson remembers the reason she became interested in bats in the first place and hopes it will draw others to care about the animals.

“There is something about living and working in New York City that makes you hungry for the antidote to the buildings and the concrete. It kind of makes you very aware of the natural creatures,” she said.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/46905.html


46 posted on 11/04/2011 9:19:41 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
“Three on this ear; one on his cheek; one on his neck,” another woman said, illustrating the bites on one of her children. “And there are some on his arms going up his arm.”

Would she even consider smearing him with N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (deet)? The active ingredient that's most effective in insect repellents.

47 posted on 11/04/2011 9:22:29 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: ETL

Mosquitos to the west!
Bed bugs to the east!
OWS leeches, ticks and parasites in the middle.

What a world!


48 posted on 11/04/2011 9:43:38 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: stonehouse01

AP article...

Why are thousands of bats dying in New York?
Mysterious ‘white nose syndrome’ spreading at alarming rate
Mike Groll / AP

A team led by Alan Hicks, a wildlife biologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, looks for bats in an abandoned limestone mine in Rosendale, N.Y., on Feb. 7. ...”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23169737/


49 posted on 11/04/2011 9:53:21 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Thank you for the info on NYC and New York State bats. We live in the Upper Hudson River Valley and I was vaguely aware that the bats were having problems in their winter caves. The last few summers have seen less bat activity for us.

I love the brown bats - they set up a maternity ward in the rafters and crawl space in our barn in early summer. They leave the babies there with a few “sitters” when they go out to feed.

It os good to know that NYC has their native bats and I hope they are able to enjoy a feast on the nuisance mosquitos, although it might be getting close to hibernation time.


50 posted on 11/04/2011 10:14:50 AM PDT by stonehouse01
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