July 12, 2016 |
A week had passed since Jay Radano lugged 1,500 wriggling minnows into a dark woods in Berlin Township. Now he was back to see the results. Parking his pickup truck Wednesday at the end of Jefferson Avenue, he reached for a white plastic cup on a long stick - one of the many tools of his trade - and swung the door open. "Watch your step," said Radano, an inspector with the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission, and made his way down slippery underbrush toward a small, shaded lagoon.
July 3, 2016 |
Joe Tarrant's family had plenty of reasons to worry about him. Complications during his birth left him developmentally disabled. By the time he was 5, doctors discovered that only one of his kidneys was fully functional. Decades of wear on his healthy kidney ultimately destroyed that organ. By age 40, he required a kidney transplant. Still, Joe led a full life, including lots of outdoor activities. "His kidney was fine. His heart was fine," big brother Patrick Tarrant, who lives in Newtown, recalled recently.
March 7, 2016 |
In 1793, the Aedes aegypti mosquito carried yellow fever from the tropics to Philadelphia, killing 10 percent of the population and forcing much of the rest - including President George Washington and his entire government - to flee. That same mosquito is now spreading the Zika virus through Latin and South America. But the insect species no longer thrives anywhere near Philadelphia. What has changed? Modern living. Screens, air-conditioning, sewers, insecticide, and better health care combined to deprive this particular mosquito of its favored meal, human blood.
January 28, 2015 |
This is the time of year when many of us dream of flying south to hang out on a warm beach. Increasingly, though, travelers are coming home with more than a deeper tan and a better mood. Some soon have the high fever and intense joint pain of a virus that's taken our southern neighbors by storm in the last year and has already found a home in Florida. Chikungunya, which can cause weeks of arthritis-like joint pain, has been migrating around the world from East Africa since the late 1950s.
July 3, 2014 |
A mosquito collected in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced Tuesday. The mosquito was trapped on June 24 in Uwchlan Township. The finding makes Chester County the tenth county in the state to find mosquitos carrying the virus this year. The others are Delaware, Berks, Franklin, Adams, Beaver, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Northumberland, according to the state. Two mosquitos have tested positive in Delaware County, one in Aldan Borough and one in Chadds Ford Township, officials there said.
September 20, 2012 |
Camden County officials will take the war on the West Nile virus to the enemy Wednesday evening. As part of efforts to combat the mosquito-borne illness, the Camden County Mosquito Commission will spray pesticides at numerous locations across the county. Three county cases are among at least 22 across the state this year. In Pennsylvania, 20 residents have tested positive for the virus. Camden County workers have been regularly checking several thousand suspected mosquito breeding sites across the county and are now spraying.
September 11, 2012 |
Question: With all the attention these days to West Nile virus, how safe and effective are citronella candles in dealing with mosquitoes? Answer: Citronella is an oil distilled from the leaves of an Asian grass that's a close cousin of the lemongrass used in Thai cuisine. The word citronella means "lemonlike. " When citronella is used in the usual 3 percent concentration in candles or the 5 percent concentration in incense, the oil burns and gives off a smoke that mosquitoes and other flying insects find rather noxious.
August 18, 2012 |
Plans to spray for mosquitos in Bensalem's Central Park has prompted officials to cancel the showing of a movie scheduled for Tuesday night at the TD Bank Amphitheater. The township says the spraying will not affect the Kenny Vance and the Planotones concert set for Wednesday. Tangled , the movie originally scheduled for Tuesday, will now be shown on Thursday. The township said the Bucks County Board of Health notified it of the planned spraying today.
August 17, 2012 |
DALLAS - The last time Dallas used aerial spraying to curb the mosquito population, Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House, Mission Control in Houston was launching Gemini missions, and encephalitis was blamed for more than a dozen deaths. But for the first time in more than 45 years, the city and county planned Thursday to resume dropping insecticide from the air to combat the nation's worst outbreak of West Nile virus, which has killed 10 people and caused at least 200 others to fall ill. "I cannot have any more deaths on my conscience because we did not take action," Mayor Mike Rawlings said.
July 3, 2012 |
WEATHER conditions have unleased mosquitoes bearing the West Nile virus sooner than ever, authorities say. The first virus-infected mosquito of the season was found in Berks County on May 3 — the earliest detection in Pennsylvania since 2000. The state Department of Environmental Protection, which monitors the virus in mosquitoes from May to October, has found 112 positive mosquitoes this year and reports that the numbers have been steadily increasing. Last year, 1,262 mosquitoes and six humans were found virus-positive in 25 of the state's 67 counties.