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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...

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2009-07-15 10:54:02

Heavy rains in South Florida have resulted in one of the worst mosquito seasons in recent years, an insect expert says. Joseph Marhefka, a mosquito control manager in Broward County, Fla., said heavy June and July storms resulted in increased mosquito populations that have prompted thousands of complaints from South Florida residents, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday. ''It's one of the worst seasons and busiest seasons I've seen in the last 10 years," Marhefka said. The heavy rainfall helped...

2009-06-16 10:06:00

Economic conditions and weather mix to create perfect environment for mosquitoes ATLANTA, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans plan summertime activities, many are choosing to stay home and enjoy backyard vacations due to job uncertainty and rising gas prices. While outdoors, there is a good chance they will see a foreclosed home nearby. And, if they are grilling out for the first time this year, they will probably find water pooled at the bottom of the grill from a wetter than normal spring...


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