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Mosquitoes: Learn Everything You Can About Them

The insect known as the mosquito is somewhat bothersome pest that inhabits tropical regions across the world and in some areas of America. The word mosquito is a Spanish term that means, “Little fly”. Nevertheless, this “little fly” is known to have lived on this plant as a species for over thirty million years. The females of the species actually need the blood of a human to succeed in the process of reproduction. They are also immune to the numerous diseases they carry which can affect humans. Around 700 million people worldwide everywhere are affected and infected by diseases carried by mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Malaria, and a myriad of others. Whether or not the mosquito has a disease, a bite from one of them will leave an instant swell that will itch for a time, while others may have an allergic reaction to them. It is unlikely that all mosquitoes will be destroyed on US soil, although there are government agencies that understand the seriousness of this threat and are always looking for and implementing better ways of controlling them.

After the egg is hatched, the mosquito larva that was inside crawls out into his new home, a pool of stagnant water. While living in this pool it will survive mainly off eating the algae that is present. In appearance they somewhat resemble a worm, and can be a nice treat for many predators out there.

Next they will advance to a Pupa, and this is the period where their body begins to form into what we would identify as an actual mosquito. They do not feed during this period, which normally lasts only a few days, and they will emerge from the water as an adult once this process is completed.

An adult mosquito is equipped with the best human finding equipment to aid them in their hunt. The chemical sensors they have inside of their heads can detect emissions of carbon monoxide and lactic acid for around 100 feet. In other words, they can pretty much locate a mammal by seeing where they are breathing. Other sensors they have will notice a person’s sweat, which will give the mosquitoes a strong calling card to come eat. They can even detect emissions of heat and since their vision is not the greatest this comes in handy for nighttime hunting.

To control the mosquito population in your area, you will want to remove any excess water that you see such as puddles, fountains, pools, birdbaths or any other container of water. This is because pools of water are the best breeding ground for these insects. If this is done correctly and the females do not spot suitable nesting area, they will fly around until they do so. With the many pesticides that can affect them as well other dangers, their lives can come to quick ends.

There are also a number of pesticides that effectively combat this species; contact a local pest control specialist for more details.

Gary Dorris is a Vacaville pest control professional. His company, Hydrex also provides Vallejo Pest Control.

How to Build a RC Plane

There are quite a few routes to follow if you want to start flying RC airplanes, and the individual will have to decide what route is correct for them; however I can try to help you decide by giving you the options.

Probably the fastest way is to buy a secondhand airplane from somewhere like ebay or a local club member. Unfortunatley you will have little or now idea how well the airplane has been constructed.

Ready to Fly

Next up is the route most beginners choose and that is the “ready to fly” or RTF as it’s more commonly known. These can be sub divided into simple park flyers (available from toy shops) to the more serious RC airplanes available from your local hobby shop (most good hobby shops also have excellent websites). These are always supplied with all radio control equipment.

Almost Ready To Fly

ARTF or “almost ready to fly” is a firm favourite with beginners who enjoy building planes on a basic level they can also be known as ARF. While almost ready to fly airplanes are supplied in kit form much of the work has been carried out by the factory, and only simple assembly work is needed to complete your airplane. They normally come supplied with radio control equipment. The assembly work is easily carried out by DIY enthusiasts.

Kit Built

The Intermediate to expert builder will probably buy a true RC Kit. These consist of a kit of parts some pre-cut or formed that enable the enthusiastic model maker to complete every element of the build. All parts that are needed to complete the airplane will be included, so this is a very satisfying way of building your model. The airplane will only need basic hand tools to complete. The time the airplane takes to build will largely depend on how complex the project, and the spare time availabe to the builder.

Scratch build

The final route is scratch built, either from plans, or designed by the builder. Clearly this is the route taken by the expert modellers out there who will probably have completed many projects and will have a well set up workroom. Many plans are available on line as pdf’s and some are given as free gifts within specialist magazines, the sky really is the limit and you are only bound by your own imagination.

So we have a multitude of choices in this great hobby, I wish you luck with your flying!

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