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Launched in 2007, ohDEER has known the good fortune of a growing roster of loyal customers we highly value and for whom we provide the best and most effective all-natural solutions and methods of keeping deer, mosquitoes, and ticks away from their property. As well, we are all about, always, committed to researching and developing better and more effective ways to make places deer-free, mosquito-free, and tick-free.
Through our corporate office in Wayland, MA, and our expanding franchise network, ohDEER services all of central and eastern Massachusetts; Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; the eastern section of Long Island, NY; and the central region of New Jersey.
Now, on the subject of one foe of ohDEER – the mosquito – these insects are, of course, almost thoroughly a negative influence on the planet, with the exception of mosquitoes doing a bit of pollinating, and also being a food source for animals.
The fact is, mosquitoes spread disease – among them Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), malaria, dengue, West Nile Virus, and chikungunya. Even when mosquitoes aren’t spreading disease, they can be a nuisance with their biting our skin and sucking our blood.
As we reported in this space, a plan and action that scientists have been devising and building to eradicate mosquitoes in the Florida Keys – the warm and humid environment of which is a hospitable place for mosquitoes – is to genetically modify male mosquitoes so that when they mate with females the resulting larvae die.
The specific type of mosquito targeted in this effort is the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Please click here to be taken to the first post we did on this subject, published here in late winter of 2016, and here to be transported to the second post which was published in early spring of 2018.
Ridding the world, or part of the world, of mosquitoes seems to be only a positive.
But anytime man goes down the path of tinkering and manipulating with biological codes and structures, it has to be done with thorough care and consideration.
Extraordinary diligence and careful prep has attended the initiative to kill off mosquitoes in “The Keys.”
No operation was going to be activated until government health officials were fully confident that it would be conducted and carried out as safely as possible.
Well, it seems that it has come to the point where the health officials are satisfied that all the precautions have been observed and are in place.
Following are the first two paragraphs of a story, “Genetically modified mosquitoes have been OK’d for first U.S. Test flight: As dengue cases rise in the Florida keys, a much-debated public health tool gets a nod for 2021,” published on August 22 in Science News:
“After a decade of fits and starts, officials in the Florida Keys have voted to allow the first test in the United States of free-flying, genetically modified mosquitoes as a way to fight the pests and the diseases they spread.
“The decision came after about two hours of contentious testimony in a virtual public hearing on August 18. Many speakers railed against uncertainties in releasing genetically engineered organisms. In the end, though, worries about mosquito-borne diseases proved more compelling. On the day of the vote, dengue fever cases in Monroe County, where the Keys are located, totaled 47 so far in 2020, the first surge in almost a decade.”
ohDEER will continue to follow and report here on this historic mosquito-eradication campaign that will soon commence in the southern region of Florida.
And, meanwhile, up in the U.S. Northeast – in ohDEER territory – September with its warm days and cool nights awaits.