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  • EPA approves bacteria-infected insects to kill mosquitoes

    11/08/2017 5:53:51 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    cnet.com ^ | 11/8/2017 | Bonnie Burton
    No one likes the idea of being bitten by a mosquito, especially if that pesky pest also is carrying around viruses as deadly as yellow fever, dengue and Zika. But what if you could eradicate the diseased insects by releasing assassin versions of mosquitoes to kill them off? On Nov. 3, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a new approach from the biotech company MosquitoMate. The goal is to destroy populations of wild mosquitoes that could be carrying nasty viruses, according to a report from Nature magazine. Instead of relying on genetic engineering, MosquitoMate infects lab-grown mosquitoes with the common bacterium...
  • Lubbock Women Attacked by Mosquito Swarm

    05/22/2015 3:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    KCBD ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ashlyn Tubbs
    A hike at Ransom Canyon turned serious for two Lubbock women on Monday when they were attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes. Carrie Shores and Megan Raden are Texas Tech students who just wanted to enjoy the outdoors with their friends when mosquitoes that "looked like flies" began to bite them. The mosquitoes continued to bite them even as they were running; including bites on their faces. They were still a distance away from their vehicles, and both said the mosquitoes did not stop chasing them until they reached a residential area where officials spray repellent. Once Shores and Raden...
  • Why Some People Are Prone To Mosquito Bites

    08/30/2007 6:38:23 PM PDT · by blam · 89 replies · 3,126+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-30-2007 | Nic Fleming
    Why some people are prone to mosquito bites By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent > Last Updated: 7:01pm BST 30/08/2007 Scientists have worked out why mosquitoes make a beeline for certain people but appear to leave others almost untouched. Specific cells in one of the three organs that make up the mosquito’s nose are tuned to identify the different chemicals that make up human body odour. To the mosquito some people’s sweat simply smells better than others because of the proportions of the carbon dioxide, octenol and other compounds that make up body odour. It is those people who are most...
  • 9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Mosquito Bite

    09/01/2006 5:44:24 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 41 replies · 2,064+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | September 1, 2006 | AP
    9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Mosquito Bite John Fontaine Got Eastern Equine EncephalitisPOSTED: 7:44 am EDT September 1, 2006 UPDATED: 8:12 am EDT September 1, 2006 BOSTON -- A 9-year-old Middleboro, Mass., boy died from Eastern equine encephalitis Thursday. He is the state's first EEE fatality this year. John Fontaine developed a fever on Aug. 18 and was hospitalized two days later. His two-week battle with EEE ended at Boston Children's Hospital Thursday morning. Middleborough was among the communities in southeastern Massachusetts that have undergone two rounds of aerial spraying to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus. The first round...
  • Shoo-fly, don't bother tourists

    02/13/2005 1:57:30 PM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 413+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2005 | Eric Heyl
    Only in Pennsylvania would insect control stand a chance of becoming a significant issue in a gubernatorial campaign. Many political observers believe Republican state Sen. Jeff Piccola of Dauphin County will emerge as Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell's GOP challenger next year. Piccola's insect-related criticism of the proposed 2005-06 state budget that Rendell unveiled Wednesday leaves little doubt that he will seek the office. Piccola blasted Rendell over the planned elimination of the Department of Environmental Protection's $4.4 million black-fly control and suppression program. He strongly opposes ending state-financed spraying to reduce the summertime population of black flies -- more commonly...