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Re: dengue fever

Posted by Don Binkley on January 4, 2010, 3:54 pm, in reply to "Re: dengue fever"

Look, all this stuff about perfumes, garlic, citronella, and sugar is beside the point. Mosquitos have a built-in auto detector system that is extremely sensitive, THEY DETECT CARBON DIOXIDE, I can't tell you how far ranging the detection system a shark sensing .001cc of blood in the water over a range of 400 meters. Maybe D will search the I-net for this info.
Contrary to some postings here this mosquito likes to feed all day not just in the early morning and at sunset.

The best way to avoid getting dengue fever is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, especially during the day when the Ae. aegypti is most active. Use insect repellent that contains DEET for maximum effect and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Staying in rooms which are air-conditioned or have a good working fan will also help. (Mayo Clinic)

The US Navy has been testing mosquito magnets...against other traps and found that the CO2 generators are really pretty effective, over an area of say a thousand square meters. Pretty $$$ about $450-500 USD. They look like a gas barbeque and use propane to create CO2...appears like a real live person/animal exhaling CO2 and the Aedes Aegypti heads straight into the trap expecting a blood meal.
Here's the results of the USN tests done around the area of Gainsville, FL. and due to global warming...all the southern states around the Gulf of Mex. have get it in Mobile, Alabama just as easily as you can get it in La Manzanilla!!!
Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Title: Response of Aedes Albopictus to Six Traps in Suburban Settings in North Central Florida

Hoel, David - U.S. NAVAL MEDICAL
Kline, Daniel
Allan, Sandra

Oh look at an enlarged photo of the little's goot stripes like a reversed tiger...that must tell us something.

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