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Hulett ~ Your source for termite information

Your source for termite information

What is the difference between a termite and a flying ant?

There are 3 ways to tell termites and flying ants apart:

Wing size

Termite wings are all equal in length and extend well past the abdomen. However, ants have wings which are unequal in length and generally end at the tip of the abdomen.

Antennae shape

Antennae on termites are straight and beadlike, but on ants they are elbowed.

Waist size

Ants have a pinched waist (abdomen), but termites have no constriction in the body and are more streamlined.

Termite and Ant Control:

Whether you found a termite or a flying ant, you could have an infestation problem. Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty termite control treatments designed to control and eliminate these pests!

 

West Nile Virus reported in Hernando County

West Nile Virus reported in Hernando County

Mosquito-borne illnesses continue to plague communities throughout the United States. With recent outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses in Florida, homeowners everywhere should take steps to protect their family.

As evidenced by the increasing incidence of West Nile Virus, mosquito infestations continue well into the fall months.

Hulett Environmental offers the following advice on keeping mosquitoes out of homes:

  • Eliminate potential mosquito breading grounds like birdbaths and baby pools by changing the water at least once per week.
  • Remove excess vegetation around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
  • Check your screens for any holes to keep them out of your house.

Florida Pet Control

To learn more about mosquito-transmitted diseases, please visit www.bugs.com.

Genetically Altered Mosquitoes Will Have to Wait

A plan by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control district to release genetically altered mosquitoes in an attempt to curb their numbers will have to wait. According to the Miami Herald the ultimate delay is due to confusion over government permits. The plan is to have the altered mosquitoes compete with the natural mosquitoes and the altered mosquitoes have been bred to produce offspring that die young. They are expecting to move the promising plan back to late spring. If you want to learn more about Florida Mosquito control checkout our bug database!

 

Florida Mosquito Control ~ Just Call Hulett!

SW Fla. fighting mosquitoes, thanks to rainy Oct

The Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A rainy October has mosquito control officers buzzing in southwest Florida.

Officials say they are experiencing the worst mosquito season in two decades, thanks to weather patterns that created the ‘perfect storm’ for the pesky insects.

Lee County Mosquito Control District spokeswoman Shelly Redovan says the region began the year under a drought. That provided salt marsh mosquitoes a greater area to lay their eggs. The rainy season resulted in lots of standing water, which compounds the mosquito problem. The result? Officials say they’re still seeing thousands of mosquitos nightly.

The Fort Myers News-Press ( http://newspr.es/rRRcmS) reports the district is using airplanes, helicopters and trucks to spray.

The newspaper reports that southwest Florida received 10.40 inches of rain in October. That’s 6.94 inches above the normal rainfall for the month.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/02/2483338/sw-fla-fighting-mosquitoes-thanks.html#ixzz1cb2DYIUo

A CLOSER LOOK: Mosquitoes

(Diptera: Culicidae)

Appearance:

Mosquitoes bite with their mouthparts and have scales on the back of their wings.

Size:

Approximately ½-inch long.

Behavior:

Mosquitoes have caused countless problems for man throughout history. In order to lay eggs, a female mosquito must feed on the blood of a human or animal. It can leave behind serious health threats such as viruses and other disease-causing pathogens.

Habitat:

Mosquitoes require as little as 2 inches of standing water to successfully breed. Mosquitoes that attack people in their own yard are usually breeding close by. Other mosquitoes, such as container breeders, do not seek out a natural body of water, but rather lay eggs in any container that is holding water (bird bath, tire, bucket, etc…). Tree hole mosquitoes, for example, lay their eggs in standing water that has accumulated inside of the hollows within trees.

Interesting Fact:

Mosquito-borne diseases, such as encephalitis and West Nile Virus, cause many deaths in developing countries.

Control:

Do you live in Florida and think that this pest may be invading your home or yard? Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty pest control treatments designed to control and eliminate this pest!

Miami-Dade resident infected with West Nile virus

Miami-Dade resident infected with West Nile virus

If you want immediate and effective relief from biting mosquitoes … Call Hulett and ask about the Mosquito Control Program and Mosquito Fogging Service! Used together or separately as need – Mosquitoes don’t stand a chance with Hulett!

5 Supervillain Tactics Science Is Using to Kill Mosquitoes

5 Supervillain Tactics Science Is Using to Kill Mosquitoes

What is the deadliest animal in the world? Lions? Sharks? Bears? Bees? Snakes? Rats? It was bears, wasn’t it? Is it bears?No, it’s the lowly mosquito, and it’s not even close. Thanks to their ability to spread diseases like malaria they take out a mind-boggling two million people a year.

Mankind’s desire to stop the little murderous bastards has reached the point of desperation, and our schemes for fighting them have strayed into Mad Scientist Bond Supervillain territory. We’re not exaggerating here. Mankind’s plans for conquering the world of mosquitoes includes…

#5. Death Rays

You have to start here. Giant lasers have been essential to at least three different Bond villain schemes, so scientists know that if humanity is to be the ultimate nemesis to the mosquito, we need a goddamned death ray. The development of mosquito-destroying lasers was thus an inevitability.

The scientists who developed the mosquito-killing laser were also on the team who created Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, the centerpiece of which would have been satellite-mounted lasers designed to blow nuclear missiles out of the sky before they could land on American cities. That plan was scrapped years ago, but if you take that tracking and kill-beam technology and shrink it down, you wind up with a hell of a mosquito net.

Via Wikimedia Commons
Though it would be pretty damn cool to just do it from space.

The targeting system is even able to tell harmless male mosquitoes apart from the disease-carrying females (from the sound of their wing beats). Or you can set the laser to, as one researcher put it, “just slay them all.”

The lasers could some day be set up to form a barrier around a house or village, like huge, highly-advanced bug zapping force fields. They could even be attached to automated drone aircraft. Hell, for that matter, why automate it? Hook the drone cameras up to XBox Live and let players dispatch mosquitoes for Achievement points. Why not? The project is, after all, funded by Bill Gates as part of his ongoing crusade against the mosquito menace. That’s right, we even have an evil billionaire on our side. You mosquitoes thought we weren’t serious about this supervillain shit?


Your move, bitches.

#4. Using a Sexy Double Agent to Seduce Them

As every Bond villain knows, sometimes the subtle methods are better. Perhaps a beautiful but deadly assassin, charming him into bed? With deadly genitalia?

As we just pointed out, in mosquito world the dangerous ones are the females (males don’t drink blood, and thus don’t transmit diseases) so when it comes time to seduce them to their doom, we need a bunch of sexy mosquito males working for us. That’s why scientists have created their own genetically modified male mosquitoes, all with super-powered immune systems and a highly shortened life span. They’ll buzz around and lure the females into bed, and pass on their DNA to their offspring. The result is we will have altered an entire species of insect to be less threatening to mankind.

Via Wikimedia Commons
We tried altering the females but they grew powerful enough to eat concrete.

Meanwhile, other scientists are studying mosquito mating rituals to one day design the most irresistible mosquito sex clones possible.

Yes, mosquitoes have mating rituals. For an insect that’s such an asshole, their courtships play out surprisingly similar to a Disney film — a lonely young female mosquito buzzes or “sings,” probably about how she wishes she could live a life without the influence of her evil stepmother, when a nearby male mosquito happens to hear. He then joins in and it becomes a duet. The lovin’ takes place after the harmony reaches a note almost an octave and a half above A (in concert pitch).

So researchers are trying to generate those sounds electronically, figuring out what sound makes female mosquitoes the horniest. That could let us breed deadly males that can seduce any female in the vicinity, their looks ravishing, their siren song irresistible. We will have created a diabolical eugenics plan that is literally too sexy to be stopped.

#3. Biological Warfare

What’s this? Unleashing a horrible disease to combat something that is a threat solely because it spreads horrible diseases? Ahhh, a plan that could only result from the perfect mix of irony, hatred and insanity that is the staple diet of any self-respecting mad-scientist and/or villain. It’s hard not to imagine the origins of this plan went somewhere along the lines of someone standing atop a decrepit rain drenched roof, just after finding out about malaria, raises his arms raised screaming at the night sky: ” A DISEASE!? I’LL SHOW ‘EM A FUCKING DISEASE!”


“You have induced my shirtless rage one too many times, mosquitoes!”

Our weapon is a very nasty parasite called Wolbachia, which affects everything from insects to birds to microscopic worms. In insects it transmits itself via females, and if it winds up in a male host it can actually convert it into a female. How’s it going to be spread? See the last entry — scientists are planning to use it as a sexually transmitted plague for mosquitoes.

Via Scienceblogs.com
Let’s just hope they don’t have a foot fetish.

In the lab, scientists have even found a strain of the bacteria that doesn’t harm the mosquito until it tries to feast on human blood. Once blood mixes with the bacteria, the mosquito drops dead. This serves two purposes: one, it prevents the mosquito from transmitting blood-borne diseases from one human to the next (since it dies before it can reach the next victim), and it sends a clear message to all the other mosquitoes: You touch a human, and you die.

Via US Navy Seals
Though, admittedly, some humans already possess that trait.

 

 

#2. Chemical Warfare

Humans were using chemicals to wipe out bug populations long before billionaire Hugo Drax came up with the idea using chemical weapons to take over the world in Moonraker. But clouds of smelly chemicals that kill bugs on contact are both far too crude for true supervillainy, and have the nasty habit of killing things other than bugs (see: the whole DDT controversy). No, this calls for a much more devious approach: a chemical that messes with their tiny little bug minds.

Via Kibagusx.blogspot.com
This one has been altered to dance feverishly until death.

Mosquitoes find their human prey via their sense of smell, and as such their sniffers are extra sensitive to the CO2 humans exhale. “Great!” you say to yourself. “We can come up with some chemical that dampens their sense of smell!” No. that would be too simple. Scientists have instead come up with chemicals can do everything from luring mosquitoes to a spot that smells like a human, to convincing the mosquito he’s surrounded by delicious humans at every moment until he goes insane and drops dead.

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Specifically, surrounded by a herd of Katt Williams.

The downside is it’s not clear if those chemicals, if used in amounts sufficient enough to devastate a mosquito population, would be safe for humans to breathe. OK, so what we need is a chemical that is deadly to mosquitoes, but completely harmless to humans even if we were to drink the stuff straight. Enter nootkatone. It’s made from grapefruit. You’ve had it if you’ve drank a can of Squirt.


“Squirt. Because fuck mosquitoes.”

But the effect on mosquitoes is downright hilarious. It seeps into their tiny mosquito brains, making them so hyperactive they literally vibrate themselves to death. Really, it’s the next best thing to mind control.

Though, why not just go for the real thing?

#1. Mind Control

Poisoning them, seducing them, giving them STDS… is our revenge too elaborate? Too sadistic? According to science: no. Science says this is just the beginning. Science says it’s going to break mosquitoes.

How? Mind control. The general idea is to influence their behavior in such a way so as to prevent them from spreading diseases ever again. Now, you’re probably wondering what exactly they are using to control mosquitoes minds and, remembering the focus of most of the projects we’ve described, you’re probably thinking, “its some weird sex thing isn’t it? Jesus Christ.” Well congratulations! You’re totally right! Yet again we’ve contrived a scheme that hinges entirely on the fact that mosquitoes refuse to wear condoms.

Via Movieline.com
Despite the powerful PSAs.

Scientists have noticed that male mosquito semen changes the behavior of females after they’ve had nasty mosquito-sex. The females become less active in both of the activities we humans want to stop: they drink less human blood, and they aren’t as active in breeding more terrible mosquitoes. They basically go into a kind of post-sex depression. So, the answer is to simply develop some kind of, you know, giant mosquito jizz cannon, right?

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Hey, compared to the mosquito, it’s enormous.

Apparently that method was rejected as too “gross,” so scientists instead gathered some of the semen (presumably by wanking dozens of males with tiny tweezers) and studied it to find just what chemicals had the behavior-altering effect. Once we isolate it, we’ll have our mosquito mind control spray! And there is nothing they can do to stop us! Especially now that we’ve explained our entire plan to them!
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Fooling mosquito CO2 sensors to tackle malaria

Fooling mosquito CO2 sensors to tackle malaria

Research by scientists at the University of California Riverside, US, could pave the way for novel insect repellents to tackle the spread of deadly tropical diseases. Insects such as mosquitoes detect carbon dioxide in exhaled breath to track down their prey and Anandasankar Ray and his group have shown it’s possible to use odorant molecules to disrupt the insects’ carbon dioxide sensing machinery.

‘We’d already shown volatile odorants can block the CO2 receptor in fruitflies. This receptor is well conserved across many insects and we thought the chemicals might also work in other insects,’ Ray says.

Mosquito blind CO2 sensors

Head and olfactory organs of a female mosquito (in foreground) and a fruitfly (background). Sample electrical recordings from a carbon dioxide sensitive neuron are also shown along with the chemical structures of active compounds.
© Stephanie Turner

They studied three mosquito species that transmit malaria and dengue fever in the lab and in field trials in Kenya, and found three useful classes of volatile odorants.1 Chemicals like hexanal block the CO2 receptor; others, such as 2-butanone, mimic CO2‘s activity, fooling insects into thinking CO2 is present. Ray is most excited about the third class – ultra-prolonged activators of the CO2 receptor, such as 2,3-butanedione. ‘Even brief exposure can stimulate the sensory neuron so strongly it keeps firing for several minutes, preventing CO2 detection,’ he says.

Evaporating tiny quantities of an ultra-prolonged activator might provide widespread protection against mosquitoes by masking breathed out CO2. This has great potential in the developing world. ‘One application could protect an entire hut,’ Ray says. They are now looking for odorants that are 10 to 100-fold more effective than those tested in the proof-of-principle study and have carried out a virtual screen of 500,000 compounds.

Currently, mosquito traps are either large and expensive or ineffective. CO2 mimics could lure mosquitoes into the traps without the need for CO2, making traps smaller and cheaper.

Ideally, he says, molecules already tested for safety in flavour & fragrance applications will prove effective and a spin-out company, OlFactor Laboratories, has been set up. ‘Optimistically, we may have a prototype in a couple of years,’ he says. ‘But the idea that odour molecules in very small quantities can have a dramatic effect on the behaviour of such dangerous insects is really attractive.’

In an accompanying commentary, Mark Stopfer of the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says the work bodes well in the hunt for new strategies to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.2 However, he cautions, it might not be that simple. ‘Because mosquitoes are also attracted to other human body odours in sweat, breath and skin, it remains to be seen how effective these compounds will be for protecting people,’ he says.