Science: Good Mosquito

Pitting bug against bug

When nine inches of rain pounded New Orleans in one day early last month, the downpour left behind containers and pools of stagnating water that were perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. That was a bonus for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which had already picked New Orleans as the site for the first extensive test of mosquito control not by chemical or hormonal means but by another kind of mosquito.

The predator mosquito that has raised the hopes of USDA scientists is a creature with the formidable name of Toxorhynchites rutilus...

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