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The Kentucky Cavalry: How Lab-Grown Mosquitos Could Fight Our Battles

The Kentucky Cavalry: How Lab-Grown Mosquitos Could Fight Our Battles on platinummosquito.com

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of Wolbachia pipientis to be used against wild mosquitos that transmit harmful viruses A Lexington, Kentucky biotechnology startup company called MosquitoMate is purposely raising and releasing lab-reared mosquitos in 20 US states and Washington, DC. As if there aren’t enough of these pests already! There’s […]

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How Climate Change May Assist Mosquitos in Spreading Disease

How Climate Change May Assist Mosquitos in Spreading Disease on platinummosquito.com

Global warming may not be good for us, but it could be great for mosquitos Although global warming (more accurately, anthropogenic climate change) is still a heated debate (no pun intended) – at least in terms of exactly how fast it will have an impact – one thing is clear: Warmer temperatures are great for […]

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Mosquitos Least Wanted

Mosquitos Least Wanted on platinummosquito.com

Ranking the species by threat Most mosquitos are harmless. That may not be a popular sentiment around these parts, but it’s true. Of the 3,500 different kinds of mosquitos, only about 100 of them actually spread disease. And because it’s only the females that bite people, half of that 100 can immediately be discounted. But […]

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Notable Events in Mosquito-Human History

Notable Events in Mosquito-Human History on platinummosquito.com

The little pests get everywhere … including the history books! The male mosquito may only average a 10-day lifespan and the female a little over 50 days, but they’ve been a sore point for over 46 million years. And like it or not, they’ve played a huge role in world history. We’re not just talking […]

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Pesky Passengers: How do Mosquitos Manage Long-Distance?

Pesky Passengers: How do Mosquitos Manage Long-Distance? on platinummosquito.com

Here’s a hint: It may be the same route your clothes and toothbrush take In Florida, it’s hard to miss news about mosquitos. We’re constantly bombarded with stories about them swarming after a hurricane or potentially carrying a disease like Zika. And while some places (like Florida) have a big native population of these bugs, it […]

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