50 years ago, U.S. fell short on mosquito eradication

Excerpt from the May 20, 1967, issue of Science News

Aedes aegypti larvae

WAR ON BUGS  Attempts 50 years ago to conquer disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (larvae shown) in the United States failed, largely due to dwindling resources and America’s resistance to pesticides in a post–Silent Spring world. Today, researchers are devising new battle plans to attack the pests from the inside out.

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