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2010-10-11 13:56:05

Help may be on the way for millions of people on the East Coast bugged out about the invasion of stink bugs. Scientists have reported a key advance in efforts to develop the first commercial repellent for stinkbugs, which are emerging as a major nuisance to homeowners and a devastating pest to some farm crops. They identified a natural substance in a fungus that infects a common weed and found that it shows potential as the first stinkbug repellent. Their study appeared in ACS' bi-weekly...

2010-09-22 19:43:26

Research published in the journal Genetics identifies pieces of control DNA that turn on or off genes that allow fruit flies to differentiate between smells, paving the way for better insect repellents By following the "nose" of fruit flies, Yale scientists are on the trail of new insect repellents that may reduce the spread of infectious disease and damage to agricultural crops. That's because they've learned for the first time how a group of genes used to differentiate smells is turned on...

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2010-07-22 13:23:51

A scientific breakthrough might assist in the fight against mosquitoes. New research carried out at the University of Haifa in collaboration with researchers from other universities has chemically identified, for the first time, compounds released by mosquitoes' natural aquatic predators that function as warning signals for egg laying mosquitoes. Introducing these natural chemicals into mosquito breeding sites will cause the mosquitoes to sense risk of predation to their progeny and avoid...

2010-06-23 09:51:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Weather permitting, the Department of Environmental Protection and the West Nile staff in Adams County will apply treatments the evening of Wednesday, June 23, in Butler and Mount Joy townships to control adult mosquito populations. High populations of adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile virus have been detected in these townships. The treatments will be administered during the evening hours with truck-mounted equipment to...

2010-06-02 07:35:00

LITTLETON, Colo., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- 1. Visit your doctor Visit your local doctor one month prior to your intended trip departure date. To discuss your travel plans, accommodation and potential health concerns or risks at your destination country. 2. Get your immunizations up to date Discuss with your doctor or a Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre (TMVC) about the current immunization recommendations for South Africa. Currently these include consideration for immunization...

2010-05-25 06:48:00

ATLANTA, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether your Memorial Day weekend plans include a picnic in the park, a backyard barbeque, or lakeside leisure, pests are sure to attend. According to Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, effective pest control starts with understanding pest behavior. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100525/CL09783 ) "Memorial Day unofficially kicks off the outdoor season and - in many areas like the Southeast - peak pest season," says Ron Harrison, Ph.D.,...

2010-04-16 10:39:00

ATLANTA, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009-2010 winter, which dropped record amounts of snow and rain on many parts of the country, is one of the wettest winters on record. Now, unseasonably warm April weather is breaking high temperature records with the mercury reaching into the eighties. With a wet winter melting into a warm spring, an intense mosquito season could be in the forecast. Mosquitoes can become active in early spring, but high temperatures in June, July and August typically...

2010-03-09 11:10:22

The potentially deadly yellow-fever-transmitting Aedes aegypti mosquito detects the specific chemical structure of a compound called octenol as one way to find a mammalian host for a blood meal, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists report. Scientists have long known that mosquitoes can detect octenol, but this most recent finding by ARS entomologists Joseph Dickens and Jonathan Bohbot explains in greater detail how Ae. aegypti--and possibly other mosquito species--accomplish this....

2009-08-13 15:40:46

 In a paper to appear in the journal "Naturwissenschaften," Stevens Institute of Technology Professor Athula Attygalle and his research student, Xiaogang Wu, report for the first time that some ground beetles produce the natural repellent limonene as their major defensive chemical. The paper is the result of a collaborative research project with Professor Kipling Will (University of California, Berkeley), and Professor David R. Maddison (University of Arizona, Tucson).An efficient...

2009-07-16 23:00:32

West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in New York for the first time this year, health department officials said. Dr. Thomas Farley, the city health commissioner, said the infectious mosquitoes were collected from Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, but so far, no human cases have been detected. The health department has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control in the affected area. West Nile Virus has returned to New York City, but simple precautions can help protect...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'