Too hot for tomato pollination and breakbone fever
October 3, 2013 10:19 AM   Subscribe

Dengue, which is spread by mosquitoes, was, until recently, all but eradicated in the United States. Back in March a slew of new cases in Florida worried local health officials, but subsided. Then, earlier this month, more new cases showed up, and the number is growing.


The important climate impact wasn’t a change in the bugs’ territory or population—but their behavior. They found that hotter summers caused less bug activity, and also bug deaths. That led the mosquitoes to become more active, and breed and bite more frantically, in cooler seasons.


Chemicals similar enough in "scent" to ward off mosquitoes like DEET (at least 100, and these guys picked three already food safe per FDA). [ Previously ]

Vaccination some day?

Too hot to pollinate tomatoes well.
posted by tilde (0 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: I know this isn't entirely what your post is about, but we have an open thread from today about mosquitos and DEET and another thread on climate change and insects. Maybe put some of these links there? -- jessamyn


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