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



Question:
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.


Replies:
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. http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef621.htm ). I think drosophila melanogaster species are commonly used http://home.clara.net/xenotoca/fruitflies.htm. 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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