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Mosquito control officer tracks West Nile virus — by liquefying the insects

August 15, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS – And there she is: Public Enemy, magnified to monster size on a computer screen connected to her captor’s microscope, her rounded abdomen and the white stripe on her proboscis like a gangster’s gaudy tattoo clearly identifying her. Culex tarsalis. Continue Reading

Killer Bite: No West Nile virus in North Dakota yet this year, but it’s still early

June 12, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

There have been no cases of West Nile virus reported in North Dakota yet. But, experts say, it’s still early in what could become an unpredictable season, thanks to an abundance of standing water from recent rains that can serve as prime breeding grounds for the foremost carrier of the disease mosquitoes. Continue Reading

West Nile virus cases spike; Local woman hospitalized

August 15, 2012 in The Daily Republic

A local woman infected with West Nile virus has been hospitalized for more than two weeks, according to a Mitchell doctor. Continue Reading

New vector official faces a lot of buzz

June 30, 2011 in The Jamestown Sun

Judy Huisenga is learning the task of controlling mosquitoes on the job.
The city’s new vector-control director, who took over April 1, also faces a year with a lot of standing water and a potential for high mosquito numbers.
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City plans to fog for bugs tonight

June 16, 2011 in The Daily Republic

The city of Mitchell plans its first fogging of the year.

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Forum editorial: Ladybug? Why not mosquito as the state insect?

January 13, 2011 in INFORUM

Not every idea that comes out of a North Dakota classroom should be adopted as legislation. Continue Reading

City slightly over budget as mosquito counts fall

September 2, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Mitchell’s Parks and Recreation Department is barely over its budget for mosquito control this year.
That’s not too bad, since the city was bombarded with the winged bloodsuckers this spring and summer, according to Dusty Rodiek, director of the department.
“We’re slightly over our mosquito budget,” Rodiek said. “I still have to figure in some staffing.” Continue Reading

West Nile scarce in S.D.

August 9, 2010 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS There’s plenty of water and plenty of mosquitoes, but surprisingly low evidence of the West Nile virus in South Dakota, apparently because the sometimes-deadly disease didn’t get a foothold in the bird population this summer.
Only four human West Nile infections have been reported. Trapping and testing have found no infected mosquito pools, although traps collect only a tiny percentage of the vector mosquito population available to transmit the disease among birds and from birds to humans. Continue Reading

No shortage of mosquitoes

August 4, 2010 in The Jamestown Sun

Steve Reidburn, Jamestown vector control officer, has noticed the increase in mosquito numbers like everyone else.
“They’re bad,” he said. “We saw about a 200 percent increase in the traps about the 23rd or 24th of July. That is about the time things started getting wet and warm.”
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Crop of mosquitoes leads to increased spraying

June 17, 2010 in West Central Tribune

The recent rains haven’t only watered your lawn. They’ve also helped hatch an annoying crop of mosquitoes, prompting the Willmar Public Works Department to launch another round of spraying this past week.It’s the second time this summer already that the city has had to spray.
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