Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer Updated 12:08 am CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 Now Playing: Scientists are noticing fewer flying insects that aren't really pests, like moths, fireflies and butterflies. A variety of reasons are suspected but they all lead back to what humans are doing do the environment, especially landscapes. Media: Associated Press OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant. Scientists think something is amiss, but they can't be certain: In the past, they didn't systematically count the population of flying insects, so they can't make a proper comparison to today. … [Read more...] about Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining
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Invasive Aedes mosquitoes have infested Southern California neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District) Invasive Aedes mosquitoes have infested Southern California neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Invasive Aedes mosquitoes have infested Southern California neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District) Show Caption of Expand By Donna Littlejohn | PUBLISHED: August 22, 2018 at 6:23 am | UPDATED: August 23, 2018 at 7:23 am Desperate and miserable, Luz Flores of San Pedro took to social media for advice. “Is anyone else getting these bites in their legs and arms? These are extremely itchy, swollen, hot and hurting … any help is much appreciated.” Flores, 46, soon found out she wasn’t alone, after 200-plus responses quickly piled onto the Facebook thread. “Me too, I … [Read more...] about Meet the new daytime mosquito spreading misery in California
By Donna Littlejohn | [email protected] | Daily BreezePUBLISHED: August 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm | UPDATED: August 21, 2018 at 8:36 pm Desperate and miserable, Luz Flores of San Pedro took to social media for advice on the evening of Monday, August 20. “Is anyone else getting these bites in their legs and arms? These are extremely itchy, swollen, hot and hurting … any help is much appreciated. Tried cooling, alcohol, warm spoon, peroxide and nothing helps the itching!” Flores, 46, soon found out she wasn’t alone, after 200-plus responses quickly piled onto the Facebook thread. “Me too, I have mosquitos all over!!!!!” one commenter wrote. “Horrible! Those mosquitos are vicious!” posted another. Meet your new neighbors: tiny but aggressive mosquitoes in the Aedes genus. Also known as the “ankle biter” in vector control circles, these tropical and subtropical mosquitoes have invaded Southern California and are … [Read more...] about Meet the new Aedes mosquito spreading misery around a wide swath of Southern California
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this bit of information last week:1 in 3 waterborne disease outbreaks traced happen in hotel pools or hot tubs. There have been about 500 waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 to 2014. In addition to hotel pools and hot tubs, water parks have also been to blame. Diseases include things like Cryptosporidium, Pseudomonas, and Legionella. These diseases are also really tough to fight. Crypto can survive in even properly maintained pools and pseudomonas and legionella can survive disinfectants. In the 493 outbreaks from 2000 to 2014, 27,219 people got sick and eight people died. More than half of them happened in the summer. These disease cause things like skin infections, respiratory disease and diarrhea. Austin had its own Crypto outbreak in 1998, when 1,300 people got sick. RELATED: Before you go swimming know what’s lurking in the water The CDC offers these suggestions: Protect yourself and your family from … [Read more...] about That hotel pool could make you sick this summer, CDC study finds
WASHINGTON — With spring in full swing and summer quickly approaching, many people are enjoying more time outdoors — and already swatting away those pesky mosquitoes. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there are more potential health risks from mosquitoes than just a few itchy bites. The CDC reported this week the number of diseases transmitted from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas has more than tripled since 2004. “We’ve seen an influx of things like the chikungunya virus, the Zika virus, which really caught our attention a few years ago,” said “Bug Guy” Dr. Mike Raupp, a University of Maryland entomologist. “There are other viruses carried by this little house mosquito, things like West Nile virus. These indicators all are pointing in the upward direction.” What’s behind the uptick? “There’s a number of factors that go into this,” he said. “We think that probably … [Read more...] about The ‘Bug Guy’ explains: What’s behind the rise in mosquito-born diseases and which bug sprays really work?