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GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES. NOT SOMETHING WITH WHICH OHDEER GETS INVOLVED… NOR WOULD WANT TO… BUT THE SCIENCE SURE IS INTERESTING

ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Our proprietary solutions and treatments are highly effective, and safe for people, pets, and plants.
We are constantly studying, evaluating, and testing mixes of natural compounds, and methods of application, all with the goal of improving keeping deer off your property, and from eating your shrubs and plants…and from preventing mosquito bites and ticks latching…ick …on to you.

We read and watch and listen to a lot of news and information about controlling deer, mosquito, and ticks.
The more we know about our opponents, and methods of getting after them, the more value and advantages we provide our customers.

As well, we are just plain interested in and intrigued with our adversaries – you know, the deer, mosquitoes, and ticks.

On the mosquito control front, a science and technology that is fascinating and controversial – and trials have shown to be highly effective – is genetically modifying mosquitoes so that they prevent the propagation of mosquitoes that carry nasty viruses.

Insecticides aren’t working very well on some mosquitoes, like the Aedes aegypti mosquito, also called the yellow fever mosquito, which also carries the dangerous Zika, dengue fever, and chikungunya viruses.

One specific initiative is aimed at, in the Florida Keys, the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, which, unlike the male mosquito of this type, bites. The female bites to gather blood to nourish and grow her eggs.

A British biotech firm, Oxitec, has tinkered and worked with genetics to create Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes that mate with the females, and the resulting larvae dies.

Of course, the term genetically modified, unto itself, causes concern-with its suggestions of monster building.
And sufficient testing still needs to be done before the lab engineered male mosquitoes are loosed on the Keys.

All very interesting.

And, perhaps, a highly effective method to stamp down and prevent the spread of disease.

Please click here to be taken to a story on mosquito genetic modification, and the fighting of mosquito borne viruses, published this past Monday in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.