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Name: Jenny
Status: educator
Age: 40s
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Saturday, October 12, 2002

I have a student who has done research for a science project on mosquito/insect repellents (manufactured and natural). Now he has to do an experiment. He wants to test the repellents on mosquitoes (from a vantage point because of West Nile Virus). He said he read that Limburger cheese attracts them, but it has not worked to date. I suggested he try another insect to avoid any contact with mosquitoes. What other insect could be used (flies?) and where are they available for this type of testing.

Not my area of expertise but I would think that some sort of fruit fly would be easier. You might try contacting an industrial entomology lab (e.g. S.C. Johnson Wax) or an academic entomology lab (e.g. ). I think drosophila melanogaster species are commonly used They are probably commercially available at a reasonable cost, a lot is known about their care and feeding. Any one of these resources could probably direct you to appropriate resources.

Vince Calder

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