Tag Archives: repellents

Most attractive contest

Where are you on the mosquito attractiveness scale?  Are you a “1” or a “10”?  Me?  I know that I’m more attractive to mosquitoes than my wife (she is much more susceptible to poison ivy… I think I’ll be content).  I suspect that I’m not a ten, though.  Several years ago I was asked to visit a Plano resident who was very upset about the mosquito problem around her home.  After searching her yard and poking about the surrounding neighborhood, the city health official and I had not… Read More →

What’s the most dangerous insect?

Ask people what the most dangerous insect or spider and you’re likely to get a variety of answers.  Brown recluse spider…ANY spider, bees, scorpions, hornets, ticks, army ants… the list goes on.  But few entomologists or medical experts would likely dispute that the tiny mosquito is probably the most dangerous arthropod on the planet. To underscore this with just one of many mosquito-borne diseases, the World Health Organization has declared April 25th World Malaria Day.  While no one can fully know the historical impact of malaria, the incomplete… Read More →