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INDEX: ALL Mosquito and Tick News and Information for High Sierra Backpackers sticky icon

Tick and Mosquito News
Mosquitoes are a major issue in the High Sierra,

ticks less so the higher you go.


February 12, 2018



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High Sierra Health & Fitness: 2018 Winter Mosquitoes, Owens Valley


Winter Mosquitoes 2018

Owens Valley

Skeeters Rise in Unseasonable Heat

Warm weather awakens mosquitoes,
Sierra Wave, February 11, 2018.

" increase in reports from residents seeing mosquitoes this February due to the unseasonably warm weather..."

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Mosquito News, Skeeter strategies: Positive and Negative Memories


Mosquito News
Skeeter strategies: Positive and Negative Memories

Scent, Experience, Memory, and Behavior

Mosquitoes remember human smells, but also swats, researchers find,
Virginia Tech, January 25, 2018.

"...mosquitoes can rapidly learn and remember the smells of hosts..."

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HEALTH & FITNESS, West Nile Disease: Memory Loss Preventable? News and Information



West Nile Disease

Memory Loss Preventable?

Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable,
Washington University School of Medicine, January 16, 2018.

"More than 10,000 people in the United States are living with memory loss and other persistent neurological problems that occur after West Nile virus infects the brain."

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Skeeter News: Skeeters Defy Technology, show Their Genetic Tech Superior to Human Technology


Skeeter News
Skeeters Defy Technology

Natural Genetic Tech Superior to Human Technology

Genetic changes help mosquitoes survive pesticide attacks,
University of California - Riverside, January 2, 2018.

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Mosquito News: Dengue Effectiveness rises with Heat, & Information on Dengue in the USA



Mosquito News
Dengue Effectiveness Changes with Heat

A Tour-de-Force of Mosquito-Dengue in USA Information

Mosquitoes more likely to transmit dengue virus in hot weather,
FRONTIERS, December 1, 2017.



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Skeeter Tech: The Original Stealth Flyer?



Skeeter Tech

The Original Stealth Aircraft?

A mosquito's secret weapon: a light touch and strong wings,

 Interesting comparison between skeeters and fly's launching styles.


Skeeter & Tick News

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West Nile in Bishop


West Nile in Bishop

Man recovers from West Nile virus illness,
Sierra Wave, September 7, 2017,

West Nile Reports

Kings County

First Ca Human Case of 2017

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Mutagenic chain reaction could knock malaria out of mosquitoes for good

Very Scary Stuff:
Mutagenic chain reaction could knock malaria out of mosquitoes for good,
Nov 23, 2015, Ars Technica.

I don't like mosquitoes, but releasing a self-replicating, self-modifying gene-sequencing device into mosquitoes in the wild does not seem like a good idea. Franken foods are bad enough without Franken-skeeters.

This also begs the question, what would a world without mosquites look like?

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New disease-carrying mosquito arrives in B.C.,

This is not good news for everyone who lives at lower lattitudes than BC, which includes the whole vast population of the United States.

What we have done, we must un-do.

 More Good News:
New disease-carrying mosquito arrives in B.C.,
Nov, 8, 2015, Simon Fraser University.

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Denge Transmission

 Dengue has been surging out of the expanding tropical areas of the world as tropical conditions push North and South from the Equator. 

The mosquitoes carrying Denge and a whole host of other diseases, and the diseases themselves have ridden the warm currents of climate warming into California, the Sierra, and the Northern Lattitudes.

The attention of pharmacutical companies will increasingly turn to these diseases as richer populations sicken as greed's transformation of our world accelerates.

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Big West Nile Impact on Birds and Mosquito Spread Continues, November 2015.

Huge Impact of Slight Changes in Temperatures:

West Nile virus killing millions more birds than previously thought, UCLA researchers find, November 2, 2015, University of Texas at Dallas.

Aedes japonicus mosquitoes found in western Canada, November 2, 2015, Entomological Society of America.


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Aggressive nonnative mosquitoes spreading across state carry disease risk,


Skeeter News

Tropical Heat bringing Deadly Tropical Skeeters North

Aggressive nonnative mosquitoes spreading across state carry disease risk,
Oct 24, 2015, LAT.

Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus

Yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti

Steady Progression

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