Insects

5:00am

Fri September 6, 2013
Science

Finding An All-Natural Alternative To DEET

CDC Researcher Marc Dolan inserts a hand treated with nootkatone into a cage of hungry mosquitoes. The all-natural chemical is a powerful repellant and has the essence of grapefruit.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Since West Nile Virus was first identified more than a decade ago, applying bug spray became a must for summer outings. But sprays containing DEET can be a turn off. They can be smelly and feel greasy. 

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1:24pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Environment

Western Bumblebees May Be Poised For A Colorado Comeback

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Western bumblebee populations have decreased dramatically in recent years in states like Oregon, Washington and Colorado – making them increasingly rare in the west. They just might be on the verge of a comeback.

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3:52pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:58 pm

Black-legged ticks like this can transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.
CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing.

"It confirms what we've thought for a long time: This is a large problem," Dr. Paul Mead tells Shots. "The bottom line is that by defining how big the problem is we make it easier for everyone to figure out what kind of resources we have to use to address it."

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8:49am

Tue August 13, 2013
The Salt

Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad For Bees

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:27 pm

Beehive designer Johannes Paul (right) and Natural England's ecologist Peter Massini, with a brood frame colonized with bees from the "beehaus" beehive on the roof of his house in London in 2009.
Sang Tan AP

Two British scientists are dumping cold water on campaigns to promote urban beekeeping. They say that trying to "help the bees" by setting out more hives is naive and misguided if the bees can't find enough flowers nearby to feed on. You'll just end up with sick and starving bees.

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2:42pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Environment

Increased West Nile Spraying In Northern Colorado

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The number of human cases of West Nile in Colorado has reached 17 so far this season, prompting more municipalities to spray for mosquitoes.

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