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(Nature)   German shepherd in suicide vest sniffs out aestivating mosquitoes wearing body paint. This could be the malaria cure we've all been hoping for   (nature.com) divider line 27
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2014-07-17 04:26:43 PM  
This week in "sentences in which I know all the words, but when arranged like that mean absolutely nothing to me."
 
2014-07-17 06:08:48 PM  

nmrsnr: This week in "sentences in which I know all the words, but when arranged like that mean absolutely nothing to me."


Impressive; I had to look up "estivating".

Of course, now that I knows, I'm still wondering how mosquitoes, estivating or otherwise, wear body paint.
 
2014-07-17 06:10:59 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: nmrsnr: This week in "sentences in which I know all the words, but when arranged like that mean absolutely nothing to me."

Impressive; I had to look up "estivating".

Of course, now that I knows, I'm still wondering how mosquitoes, estivating or otherwise, wear body paint.


Itty, bitty raves.

/researchers with tiny brushes
 
2014-07-17 06:38:53 PM  
Body paint?!  What kind of contraption is that?  I'm going to need some examples.
 
2014-07-17 06:57:56 PM  
While I applaud their work, I can't help thinking that any researcher who would dress up a mosquito in string is just some variation of the pet owner who dresses their cat in doll clothes.

It's actually a pretty clever trick they used to use a scenting animal to an unscented prey.  It's kind of like letting a prisoner 'escape' so you can track him to his girlfriend so you can arrest her.
 
2014-07-17 07:20:13 PM  
"Where's the box?" they yelled. "Where's the box?"

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2014-07-17 07:30:43 PM  
Mosquitoes are pan-dimensional beings, like Deer.  This explains their ability to show up everywhere and nowhere, depending on what is most inconvenient.
 
2014-07-17 07:36:05 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Mosquitoes are pan-dimensional beings, like Deer.  This explains their ability to show up everywhere and nowhere, depending on what is most inconvenient.


Speaking of deer. I guess one way of controlling deer tick is to murder the shiat out of white tailed deer because they can only reproduce in white trail deer blood. Maybe we can take a page out of Halo and glass the planet.
 
2014-07-17 07:41:26 PM  
"Suicide vest", that reminds me of the lesiure suit I wore to the sophomore spring dance in 1977.

/a part of me died
 
2014-07-17 07:42:28 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Mosquitoes are pan-dimensional beings, like Deer.  This explains their ability to show up everywhere and nowhere, depending on what is most inconvenient.


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You have no idea...
 
2014-07-17 09:11:37 PM  

Intrepid00: Speaking of deer. I guess one way of controlling deer tick is to murder the shiat out of white tailed deer because they can only reproduce in white trail deer blood. Maybe we can take a page out of Halo and glass the planet.


The most clever technique I've seen for fighting ticks takes advantage of the fact that part of their life cycle includes mice.  It's a simple cardboard tube with mouse bait in it.  The mouse goes in and gets dosed with a flea and tick killer.  He leaves with the cheese and no fleas.
 
2014-07-17 09:15:00 PM  

HoratioGates: Intrepid00: Speaking of deer. I guess one way of controlling deer tick is to murder the shiat out of white tailed deer because they can only reproduce in white trail deer blood. Maybe we can take a page out of Halo and glass the planet.

The most clever technique I've seen for fighting ticks takes advantage of the fact that part of their life cycle includes mice.  It's a simple cardboard tube with mouse bait in it.  The mouse goes in and gets dosed with a flea and tick killer.  He leaves with the cheese and no fleas.



Dosing your local stray cats will also reduce the flea and tick population, but I do not know of an automated process for that.
 
2014-07-17 09:19:08 PM  
Aestivating - good word.
 
2014-07-17 09:32:07 PM  
My GSD was very good at sniffing out cookies.

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2014-07-17 09:58:56 PM  

Jeng: HoratioGates: Intrepid00: Speaking of deer. I guess one way of controlling deer tick is to murder the shiat out of white tailed deer because they can only reproduce in white trail deer blood. Maybe we can take a page out of Halo and glass the planet.

The most clever technique I've seen for fighting ticks takes advantage of the fact that part of their life cycle includes mice.  It's a simple cardboard tube with mouse bait in it.  The mouse goes in and gets dosed with a flea and tick killer.  He leaves with the cheese and no fleas.


Dosing your local stray cats will also reduce the flea and tick population, but I do not know of an automated process for that.


The guy that use to work in the building next to us use to capture and take them to the SPCA to be fixed. That's as automated as you will get. After he started that 3 years later we don't have strays.
 
2014-07-17 10:51:25 PM  
Were the first few paragraphs making the people of Mali look so primitive really necessary?
 
2014-07-17 11:09:41 PM  
I'm pretty sure that someone else blows up the vest.... so it wouldn't be a suicide vest for dogs. It has no idea what is going to happen.
 
2014-07-17 11:20:53 PM  
Subby's headline sounds like an album title from an extremely pretentious alternative rock supergroup.
 
2014-07-17 11:57:51 PM  
ABQGOD
2014-07-17 10:51:25 PM
Were the first few paragraphs making the people of Mali look so primitive really necessary?

People need to not shy away from what goes on in Africa, they need a daily look at it, a really good farking look at it. When you have no idea what your neighbor does every day because you refuse to even look in his yard then you really dont have a right to be shocked when you find out he's farking insane and backward. There are parts of Africa that need a bit of help. There are other parts of Africa that needs a god damn armed intervention.
 
2014-07-18 12:07:17 AM  

timujin: ArcadianRefugee: nmrsnr: This week in "sentences in which I know all the words, but when arranged like that mean absolutely nothing to me."

Impressive; I had to look up "estivating".

Of course, now that I knows, I'm still wondering how mosquitoes, estivating or otherwise, wear body paint.

Itty, bitty raves.


tse4.mm.bing.net

tse1.mm.bing.net

tse1.mm.bing.net

/unn tiss, baby
 
2014-07-18 06:34:07 AM  
That was a very interesting article.

I have always wondered, if the mosquito were completely eradicated, how would it effect the eco system.
 
2014-07-18 11:57:35 AM  
I don't know much about mosquito reproduction, but is it possible that they lay eggs before the dry season and they are able to lay dormant until the next rainy season? I have heard of other species being able to do that.

I do know I am moving back to Minnesota next year and am dreading the insane mosquito population. I will be doing everything in my power to commit the largest mosquito holocaust ever perpetrated even if I have to nuke it from orbit just to be sure.
 
2014-07-18 11:59:49 AM  

Jeng: HoratioGates: Intrepid00: Speaking of deer. I guess one way of controlling deer tick is to murder the shiat out of white tailed deer because they can only reproduce in white trail deer blood. Maybe we can take a page out of Halo and glass the planet.

The most clever technique I've seen for fighting ticks takes advantage of the fact that part of their life cycle includes mice.  It's a simple cardboard tube with mouse bait in it.  The mouse goes in and gets dosed with a flea and tick killer.  He leaves with the cheese and no fleas.


Dosing your local stray cats will also reduce the flea and tick population, but I do not know of an automated process for that.


Speaking of stray cats... any of you farkers know a good solution to my problem?

One year ago, my neighbors took on a pregnant cat that had apparently been living in a storm drain.  Great, they are animal lovers and want to make sure they end up in a good home, get them spayed/neutered and brought up to date on shots and sell 'em...

Well, it hasn't turned out like that at all.  They kept the new family in a cage outback (should have called SPCA right then and there), and they have since escaped.  I now have 8 feral cats hanging around because they keep feeding them, and three of these new cats are farking pregnant. What the hell do I do short of calling the township and ratting them out?  Side note but relevant, I have two chickens in a well kept coop, but they are a "gray area" with the township, so I may be inviting issues on myself.

/end threadjack
//but seriously.  HELP
 
2014-07-18 12:10:08 PM  
/but seriously. HELP


Get a racoon trap, a spritzer bottle and some leather gloves.
Get a few dozen cans of cheap tuna, you will need better food than what they are putting out to compete.
Set trap up outside and check daily.
If stray cat is caught, take to shelter and drop off.
If cat with colar is caught, release and spray with spritzer so they wont feel like getting caught again.
Repeat for a couple months until you run out of cats or get bored.

Should cost you about $50. Check your local shelters until you find one that has a "no questions asked" drop off policy and start abusing it.
 
2014-07-18 12:16:32 PM  

orclover: Get a racoon trap,


Awesome.  Is that similar to a have-a-heart traps I've used for squirrels in the attic?
 
2014-07-18 12:27:49 PM  
Awesome. Is that similar to a have-a-heart traps I've used for squirrels in the attic?

Well it wont kill em if thats what you mean. Just a simple wire cage with a trap door, you can pick them up at tractor supply stores pretty cheap. If you wanted to be cruel you would just leave out tuna laced with LSD and the problem would sort itself out in a few weeks. Cats that chase cars and try to lick dogs wont last long, and its not like yer poisening them.
 
2014-07-18 06:55:17 PM  

ajax6677: I don't know much about mosquito reproduction, but is it possible that they lay eggs before the dry season and they are able to lay dormant until the next rainy season? I have heard of other species being able to do that.

I do know I am moving back to Minnesota next year and am dreading the insane mosquito population. I will be doing everything in my power to commit the largest mosquito holocaust ever perpetrated even if I have to nuke it from orbit just to be sure.


That was my first thought too but TFA says adult mosquitos appear as soon as 3 days after a rain, even though it takes them 8 days to mature to that size from an egg.
 
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