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Author Topic: Longhorn tick invasion  (Read 395 times)

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Re: Longhorn tick invasion
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2018, 05:40:10 PM »
not good. i see they are letting sterile male mosquitoes go from drones to try to offset the zika virus
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Re: Longhorn tick invasion
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2018, 09:33:03 PM »
Yari, it's coincidental you mentioned sterile mosquitos as we were just last week remembering an effective campaign back in the late 1950's to eradicate the screwworm fly that plagued the Florida cattle industry.  The gov't. had two "Screwworm factories" in Florida, one near Bithlo, Florida and the other near Sebring, Florida.  They produced millions of sterile male screwworm flies each week. 400 flies were put in small grey paper boxes, then loaded on small planes and dropped in a grid pattern over the entire state.  The gov't did this regularly for a year or so.  I remember finding the boxes in the woods as a young teenager.  If I remember correctly, that project extended into southern GA. and AL. This project eliminated the screwworm from Florida. 
Recently, a year or so back, screwworms were detected in the Key deer herd, about 140 died before it was stopped.  The biologist feel that those deer were infected by flies that blew in from central American on wind currents to the Florida Keys.
For those not familiar with screwworms, they were the larvae of the screwworm fly that laid its' eggs in wounds of living animals.  Umbilical cords were a favorite place for them to attack a newborn calf.  Any open wound was subject to become infected.  We treated the calves navels with some sort of tar based sticky medication.  This was easy to accomplish on a small farm but the big ranches with thousands of acres and cows as wild as deer it was nearly impossible to overcome, thus the research and victory over the screwworm fly.


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