Mosquito control

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s drought kept mosquitoes, to a point, at bay. But an abundance of rain and warm weather has sparked dormant eggs to hatch. By the millions, adult mosquitoes are descending on Georgians all across the state.“As long as these mosquitoes keep laying eggs the problem will continue,” said Elmer Gray, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia is home to 63 mosquito species. To control them in general, people can eliminate standing water and spray pesticides. In south Georgia, though, more than just dumping containers is needed. There, mosquitoes come from riverbeds and swamps where eggs have been dormant through the drought. They are now immersed in water and hatching in record numbers, he said. Integrated pest management practices are needed, but these practices require resources, people and training.“This is a good time for citizen groups to approach local government and request mosquito control programs,” Gray said. “In December, it won’t seem like a priority.” Johnny Whiddon, UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Brooks County, said he is getting twice as many mosquito calls as last year. The southern county has many lowland areas. After receiving 19 inches of rain this spring, the areas are flooded, and mosquitoes are reproducing. “We are applying for federal assistance to pay for spraying,” Whiddon said. “In the past, we couldn’t afford a spraying program, but now we need to figure out what we can do.” To implement a mosquito control program, the county will need to set traps and record mosquito numbers. In the mean time, Whiddon tells citizens to treat flooded areas with larvaecide donuts and spray shrubbery around their homes with pesticides every 10 to 14 days. Lowndes County has recorded over an 8,000 percent increase in mosquitoes in surveillance traps over a three-week period beginning April 6. The county has implemented a governmentally-funded program to assist in limiting these numbers, said Jake Price, Lowndes County extension agent. Limit ExposureMosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Limiting exposure during peak times is recommended. This isn’t the time to experiment with unproven repellents like eating garlic or using bug zappers, Gray said.Most homeowners can’t do much to control mosquito breeding in wild areas, but they can limit them around the house by diligently getting rid of places where the larvae develop, like the water in toys, tarps, boats or buckets.They can also:• Secure window screens.• Keep vegetation trimmed.• Use barrier sprays on plants and entryways.• Use burgess foggers.Wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing helps. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing and the human silhouette and sense body heat, which helps them locate blood – their food. The most effective technique for preventing mosquito bites is the proper use of insect repellents, Gray said. He recommends products containing DEET. A product with a 10 percent to 30 percent concentration is good and protects for a few hours.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics also approved these strengths for children over two months old.“Products containing DEET are still the best choice for young children,” Gray said. “When treating children, an adult should apply the repellent to his or her hands first and then rub the repellent onto the child’s exposed skin, but never to a child’s hands.” Farm ponds, usually stocked with brim, are not a source of mosquitoes. Fish are mosquito predators. However, drainage ponds located in parking lots and other commercial areas can be larval habitats, he said. Gambusia, or mosquito fish, can grow in these smaller ponds and control mosquito populations. Serious Health RiskMosquitoes can leave behind more than itchy bumps when they bite. They transmit several serious diseases, including Eastern equine encephalitis, LaCrosse encephalitis and West Nile virus. All of these diseases can produce encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain, and are extremely serious when a full-blown case occurs. According to the Georgia Division of Public Health, five people reported West Nile virus from mosquito bites in 2008, and 47 cases were reported in 2007. Five people reported LaCrosse in 2008. Twenty horses were diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis last year. Once an animal is infected, they often die in 48 to 72 hours. Horses can be vaccinated against the disease. “First and foremost, homeowners need to be concerned about Eastern equine encephalitis,” Gray said. “This disease is a real threat, and children and horses are the most susceptible.” If not fatal, the disease can cause life-long disabilities, he said, and conditions now are perfect for its spread. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Bethard exits UK online gambling scene

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Bethard Group has confirmed that it will terminate its entire UK online gambling market presence next month.  The Malta-based gambling operator communicated to UK customers that its flagship Bethard brand would no longer accept wagers or further transactions from the 6 July. UK customers have been given until the 10 August to withdraw funds and clear their player accounts, as Bethard closes its UK presence in line with UKGC licensing procedures.Bethard confirmed to SBC that its UK exit follows a strategic review undertaken during lockdown in which management have chosen to focus on ‘profitable markets’.The operator secured its UKGC licence in 2018 as part of the firm’s multi-market expansion targeting growth in the UK, Denmark and Ireland, having established its presence as a challenger sportsbook in its home market of Sweden.In the exit statement, Bethard management has chosen not to disclose any specific reasons for its decision to depart the UK online gambling scene, simply underling that it has reviewed all marketplace options.UK online gambling tax, regulatory and compliance changes undertaken during the course of 2019-to-2020 have seen a number of licensed incumbents depart the market, including 188BET, Betclic Everest, ComeOn and Royal Panda.Bethard management confirmed that the operator will maintain its presence across all other established markets, through licenses for Malta, Denmark, Ireland, Spain and Sweden. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Memorial Boxing Tournament to start on Saturday

first_imgSeventeenth International Memorial Boxing Tournament ‘Hakija Turajlić’ will be held on 18 and 19 May in organisation of Boxing Association of BiH and boxing club ‘Sarajevo’. Tournament will be held in Skenderija and 65 boxers from Qatar, Albania, England, Scotland and countries from the region will participate, reports Fena.Member of the Organising Committee Said Čolpa said that 10 boxers will represent BiH.Alija Turajlić, brother of deceased Hakija Turajlić thanked organisers for keeping the memory of his brother alive.Semi-final fights will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. after the solemn opening of the tournament.last_img read more

Dora Mildred McDonald, 94, Wellington: June 25, 1919 – Nov. 14, 2013

first_imgTo leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at Dora McDonaldDora Mildred McDonald, age 94, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 14, 2013 at Sterling House in Wellington, KS.  She was a former employee of Albin Furniture which later became Horton’s Furniture.  She worked as interior decorator for Horton’s in Wichita for many years. Dora married J. A. “Jake” McDonald on  March 9, 1938 in Medford, OK.  He preceded her in death on December 20, 2002. Dora Mildred (Larimore) McDonald was born on June 25, 1919 in Harrison, AR to Jess Harmon Larimore and Margaret Louise (Dees) Larimore.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jake; brothers, Floyd and Lloyd Larimore; and sisters, Helen Philippe and Leola Harris. Survivors include her two children, Larry McDonald and his wife Wanda of Las Cruces, NM and Linda Moore and her husband Robert of Frisco, TX; 2 grandchildren, Melodie McDonald and Lance Jensen; and one great grandchild, Jennifer Jensen. Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on November 19, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.  Pastor Brent Clayton will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Mary-Sarah Circle at the church, Junior Cosmos Club, J. C. Society, and past President of BPW. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M. A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.last_img read more