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News
6:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

How Mosquitoes Helped Bring The World Air Conditioning

Dr. John Gorrie's ice machine is on display at John Gorrie Museum State Park in Apalachicola, FL.
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Summer in the South can be unbearable without air conditioning. That’s why folks like Sam Hancock stay busy. He’s tuning up an air conditioner at a home in Tallahassee, and it’s very hot.

“Most days it is. Attics are the worst,” says Hancock, a service technician with Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning. He’s among the more than 300,000 people in the United States employed in the industry.

“My father-in-law’s from Miami,” Hancock says. “He started me in this, trained me up hands-on, came up learning the trade and been doing it for 18 years now.”

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News
5:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Palm Beach County Prepares For Chikungunya

Palm Beach County has several recommendations to prevent the mosquito-borne virus from spreading in the area.
Credit http://ollie4bugboard.com/florida-keys-mosquito-control-part2-waterways/

 

Palm Beach County is now joining efforts to fight the mosquito-transmitted virus known as Chikungunya, which so far has infected one person in the county and 10 people total in the state.

The virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include chronic pain that lasts for years.

“Look at your house, environment, make sure that you don´t have any standing water," says Tim O´Connor, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. "If you do, drain it off as much as possible.”   

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Public Health
6:07 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Florida Officials Swat At Mosquitoes With Dengue Fever

In 2010, Florida health officials looked for mosquito larvae in vehicle tires where water had collected. As many as 15 cases have been found in Stuart this year.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 6:29 pm

Public health officials in Florida are once again scrambling to contain an outbreak of dengue fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes.

Until 2009, when it surfaced in Key West, the tropical disease hadn't been seen in Florida in more than 70 years.

Now there are concerns dengue may establish a foothold in the state.

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Environment
10:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Planes, Drones And Dry Ice: How South Florida Wages War Against Mosquitoes

Credit Prioria Robotics / Prioria Robotics

At dusk during a hot Miami summer, when you’re outside getting chewed on by countless mosquitoes, it’s easy to wonder how anyone ever decided to settle in South Florida.

The mosquitoes, in fact, were so bad for some early South Floridians that they had rooms at the front of their frontier shacks called “losers,” which contained smudge pots and palmetto branches to literally “lose” all of the bugs from your body before entering.

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Technology
1:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

A Patch Designed To Make You Invisible To Mosquitoes

Researchers have come up with an innovative patch to help you win the war against mosquitoes.
AP

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 12:47 pm

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Mosquito Birth Control
5:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Key West Gets A Step Closer To Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes Experiment

The FDA has signed on to partner a study that would introduce genetically modified mosquitoes in Key West.
Eli Christman/ Flickr

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to work with a British company looking to test out genetically-modified mosquitoes in the U.S.

British biotechnology company Oxitec Ltd has been waiting for a U.S. federal agency to sign on as a partner so they could test out these altered mosquitoes in Key West.

In the past few years, Key West has had a problem with mosquitoes in the area spreading Dengue-- but Oxitec thinks they can kill off a large part of this mosquito population with their altered mosquitoes.

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Bugs And Sewers
2:40 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Florida Keys Bugged by Mosquitoes, Sewers

The Mosquito: Public Enemy Number #1 in the Florida Keys
Credit http://ollie4bugboard.com/florida-keys-mosquito-control-part2-waterways/

When it comes to swatting the big issues of the day, there's a small insect that rises above all other threats in the Florida Keys: the mighty mosquito. 

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