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Our Cell Phones Will Be Able To Tell Us Where Mosquitos Are

Filed under: Mosquito Control,Mosquito Control New Jersey,New Jersey Mosquito Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 7:05 am November 6, 2017

Our Cell Phones Will Be Able To Tell Us Where Mosquitos Are

An assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, Manu Prakash, is in charge of the Prakash Lab. Prakash and his lab assistants have developed a cell phone program called Abuzz. This program will be able to tell cell phone owners where mosquitoes are distributed globally. In an age when mosquitoes such as the aedes aegypti are causing diseases, Prakash’s new cell phone program can save many from falling ill, or even worse, dying from mosquito-borne illnesses. At the moment Prakash is trying to find citizen scientists who are willing to contribute to the final stages of the cell phone programs development.  Not much is required of these citizen scientists. All they need is a cell phone that can record the sound of a buzzing mosquito. Anyone around the world can contribute to this new program.

According to Prakash, his new cell phone app, Abuzz, would become the largest network of mosquito surveillance yet to exist. Anyone in the world with a cell phone would be able to access this network of important information. Prakash has recently written an article that tells about this feasible approach toward mosquito tracking. The article was published in the scientific publication known as ELife. Prakash claims that at the moment there is very little a person can do to track mosquitoes, but his new vector surveillance idea will contribute positively to the public health issues caused by disease carrying mosquitoes. However, in order for Abuzz to become successful, a high amount of citizen scientists will have to contribute mosquito related information to Prakash’s lab. Assuming that enough volunteers send Prakash information concerning the location of mosquitoes, Abuzz could tell all cell phone owners where the most dangerous mosquitoes are located. If people were aware of this information, then they could take the proper measures to prevent contracting mosquito-borne illnesses. Prakash is convinced that Abuzz could become the most successful mosquito control program to have ever existed.

Would you be willing to send mosquito related information to Prakash’s lab at Stanford?

Mosquito Prevention Tips!

Filed under: Mosquito Control,Mosquito Control New Jersey,New Jersey Mosquito Control — New Jersey Pest Control @ 6:35 am July 28, 2017

Mosquito Prevention Tips!

  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home including clogged gutters, birdbaths, flower pots, tires and kiddie pools or untreated pools. Mosquitoes need onMosquito Preventionly half an inch of water to breed.
  • Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Always apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535 when outdoors and use as directed on the product label. Apply repellant over top of sunscreen, and reapply every four to six hours.
  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors.
  • If you are concerned about mosquito activity on your property, contact us for a free quote or your local mosquito abatement district.

Mosquito Prevention Tips!

Filed under: Mosquito Control,Mosquito Control New Jersey,New Jersey Mosquito Control — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:29 am July 14, 2017

To prevent the health risks that can potentially accompany an already-pesky mosquito bite, be sure to follow these mosquito prevention tips: Mosquito

  • When spending time outdoors, apply an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus, and reapply as directed on the label. People who are spending long amounts of time outdoors should also consider wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to limit exposure to mosquitoes. The main type of mosquito that carries Zika is a daytime biter, so taking preventive measures at all times of the day is crucial.
  • Anyone traveling outside of the United States should be aware of travel advisories currently in effect. Pack plenty of insect repellant and protective clothing. If a person falls ill upon returning home, seek prompt medical attention.
  • Mosquitoes need only about a half an inch of water to breed, so homeowners should eliminate areas of standing water such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects.
  • Even children’s toys like buckets and sandboxes can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes right in the backyard, so be sure to keep these objects water-free.
  • Screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tear or hole on screens.
  • If there are concerns about mosquito activity on the property, contact Horizon Pest control company or the local mosquito abatement district.

Can Mosquitoes Pollinate Plants? | New Jersey Mosquito Control

Can Mosquitoes Pollinate Plants? New Jersey Mosquito ControlNew Jersey Mosquito Control

A biologist, Dr. Jeff Riffell, from the University of Washington, studies how odors act as chemical signals, and how these signals influence animal behavior. For example, many plants use smell to coax far away insects into traveling long distances for pollination. Riffell’s team of scientists wanted to find out what a plant smells like if it needs to be pollinated by mosquitoes. It turned out to smell like a “dirty gym sock”.

Mosquitoes are not that great at pollinating plants. Mosquitoes normally approach flowers solely to procure some sweet tasting nectar before they find their next victim. However, there is one plant that has evolved to take advantage of the frequent mosquito visits, and that plant is known as the orchid Platanthera obtusata. In fact, this orchid pollination via mosquito is not so uncommon.

In areas where orchids are common, such as the state of Washington, orchids rely on mosquitoes almost exclusively for pollination. In fact, Riffell’s team recorded each insect that visited a particular orchid plant. Out of the 167 bugs that visited the orchids, 166 of them were mosquitoes. It is nice to know that mosquitoes can do good for the planet instead just being that bug that kills more people than any other bug.

Do you think mosquitoes could pollinate, perhaps without intent, any other plants besides orchids?

 

 

 

 

New DNA Vaccine May be the Answer to the Zika Virus Epidemic

Filed under: Mosquito Control,Mosquito Control New Jersey,New Jersey Mosquito Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 6:29 am December 13, 2016

Scientists have been rushing to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus at warp speed ever since the epidemic began. The continued threat has pushed scientists to try creating a DNA vaccine, which could revolutionize all vaccines. The DNA vaccine is basically like something you would read about in a science fiction novel. This kind of technology is extremely cutting edge and would be a huge step forward in the world of medicine.New Jersey Mosquito Control

A DNA vaccine takes genetic material from the virus and then uses just enough of it to cause our bodies to develop an immune response without actually introducing the virus to the body. This completely fixes the issues scientists have had with traditional vaccines, which do introduce the virus to our immune system, usually a weakened version of the virus or a dead version. This then prompts our immune system to respond and fight it without our bodies actually experiencing any of the negative health problem caused by the virus. As you might have guessed, there are plenty of things that can go wrong with these kinds of vaccines, especially for people with immune deficiencies.

The DNA vaccine injects a synthetic form of the DNA from the virus, eliminating any possible health issues caused by regular vaccines. However, up till now it hasn’t been used because it doesn’t absorb well. This problem has now been fixed. The DNA vaccine now delivers a mild electrical current along with the vaccine, which opens cell membranes so cells can absorb the DNA. This allows our bodies to then spur an antibody response. This method is safer and more effective than traditional vaccines. Who knows? Catching a virus could eventually become a thing of the past.

How do you think DNA vaccines could effect and change vaccines as well as health in general around the world?