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September 28, 1989
Two part-time state agriculture employees have been arrested for squirting a motorist in the face with a toxic insecticide used to kill the Oriental fruit fly, police said. The victim, a 41-year-old Burbank woman whose name was not released, complained of blurred vision, a burning skin sensation and a numbing around her mouth, Sgt. Don Goldberg said.
July 18, 2013 | By Tanvi Sharma and Alex Rodriguez
NEW DELHI - While authorities Thursday combed Indian villages for the principal of a school where nearly two dozen children died after eating food laced with insecticide, grief-stricken parents buried their children next to the school - a poignant gesture of protest over a tragedy that has shaken the country. Principal Meena Devi and her husband fled as children began fainting after eating the school's daily midday meal of rice, potatoes, soybeans and lentils in the eastern state of Bihar.
July 14, 1985 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
The recent watermelon poisoning episode in the San Joaquin Valley probably resulted from deliberate misuse of the highly toxic insecticide aldicarb and not from residues that stayed in the soil from years past, according to several industry and university researchers who buttressed the position of Union Carbide Co. and state officials.
July 21, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
Attempts to control malaria — which kills about 1 million people a year — have traditionally focused on the use of drugs to treat the disease and insecticides to kill mosquitoes. Now some scientists have devised a sneakier strategy: feed mosquitoes a genetically engineered bacterium that will kill the malaria parasite from within. Insecticides have a major flaw, said Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, a malaria expert at Johns Hopkins University and an author of the new study. "When insecticides are used — say, inside of houses — many of the mosquitoes in the area get killed but some will always survive.
August 2, 1999
Excessive use of insect foggers triggered an explosion at a Santa Ana home a few years ago, causing $125,000 in damage. Authorities said that more than 50 canisters were used. A stove pilot light probably ignited the petroleum base in the insecticide. Here are some tips for using foggers safely. Before Fogging * Read directions: Foggers differ according to manufacturer; follow directions for specific brand used.
March 6, 1987 | Associated Press
High winds forced officials on Thursday to cancel the first scheduled aerial insecticide spraying of a neighborhood where Mediterranean fruit flies were found in a backyard orange tree. Officials decided to go ahead with ground spraying, however, a state official said.
January 14, 1996
Barbados has eliminated the routine spraying of insecticide on aircraft while passengers are on board, leaving only six countries still doing so, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Argentina, Grenada, India, Kiribati, Madagascar and Trinidad still require routine spraying. Australia, Barbados, Fiji, Jamaica, New Zealand and Panama allow airlines to spray when the plane is empty.
March 25, 1998 | From Associated Press
Eleven chemicals used in 160 products that kill weeds, germs, fungi, fleas and termites and keep animals away from flowers can no longer be sold in California. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation on Tuesday suspended sales of the active ingredients because their makers have not provided required data on health effects. The manufacturers can no longer sell the chemicals. However, stores can sell products on their shelves for two years, officials said.
September 27, 1997
State agriculture officials are conducting a program to eradicate Oriental fruit flies that have been found in the area in recent weeks. The flies were found on Ashtabula and Villa streets, officials said. The insects can lay eggs under the skin of a fruit from which maggots then hatch and destroy the fruit. The Department of Food and Agriculture will set several thousand traps over the next few weeks in an 11-square-mile area of northeast and north-central Pasadena, officials said.
August 27, 1988 | United Press International
A United Press International story on Thursday chronicling a series of accidents reportedly suffered by a man as the result of his wife's efforts to kill a cockroach cannot be substantiated. "The story evidently is the result of a hoax," said Leon Daniel, UPI's managing editor for international news, in Washington. "We regret moving it on our wires." UPI picked up the story, which was published by The Times, from the Jerusalem Post.
August 11, 2009 | Amy Littlefield
California's Department of Food and Agriculture plans to continue efforts to eliminate an invasive moth that it says poses a risk to fruit and ornamental plants, despite protests from scientists and environmentalists who say the measures are unnecessary. Moth detection has led to quarantines in 3,500 square miles in 15 counties, including Los Angeles, causing millions of dollars in lost revenue, said Michael Jarvis, deputy secretary for public affairs at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
September 9, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Music Critic
Two years ago, a bass-baritone covered in gook stalked the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. That was the medieval monster in Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel," commissioned by Los Angeles Opera. Sunday afternoon, a baritone covered in gook again stalked the Chandler stage. This time it was Brundle, the scientist hero transmogrified into a Musca domestica in Howard Shore's "The Fly," inspired by the 1986 David Cronenberg horror film -- the latest opera commissioned by the company.
November 13, 2006 | Regina Nuzzo, Special to The Times
IN the war against head lice, we face an enemy that is fast and plentiful, with nimble armies that can evolve and outwit standard weaponry. Will we ever take the lead in this scalp-biting, nit-picking arms race?
May 10, 2003 | From Reuters
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and a strain of malaria have developed a resistance to insecticides because of a single-letter mutation in their genetic code, scientists said. Researchers at the University of Montpellier II in France said the alteration could be the cause of 25 years of resistance to insecticides among insects that carry the disease. The mutation makes a key enzyme in the mosquitoes less sensitive to ingredients in some insecticides.
February 16, 2003 | Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller's last story for the magazine was about the new state prison in Delano.
The San Bernardino County town of Colton is the only city in the nation with an official, federally designated fly preserve. Hard as it may be to believe, this is not a distinction sought by city leaders, who can't imagine that the 10-acre, chain-link-ringed habitat of the tiny Delhi Sands flower-loving fly will ever challenge Mt. Slover, a 300-foot limestone peak owned by a cement company, as the city's major landmark.
This is a story about a bug, a bird and a tree. The bug is a tiny caterpillar, the western spruce budworm, eating its way through eastern Washington forests. The tree is the Douglas fir, the budworm's favorite meal. The bird is the northern spotted owl, a federally protected species that frequents the same forests the budworms are devouring. Put them together and you get another story--a story about how hard it is to correct the damage when humans tamper with Mother Nature.
July 8, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
General Mills Resumes Cereal Production: The Minneapolis-based food maker resumed full production of oat cereals about three weeks after halting shipments of products that were treated with an unregistered pesticide. General Mills stopped shipping Cheerios and other oat cereals in mid-June when a routine check by the Food and Drug Administration found traces of chlorpyrifos-ethyl, an insecticide approved for wheat, corn, apples and other crops but not oats.
April 16, 1989
I see that the proposed solution to an apparently natural outbreak of white-lined sphinx moths, which are "harmless to agriculture and wildlife," is a mass poisoning in San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Perhaps stadium Manager Bill Wilson could allay my apprehension about this chemical warfare by personally ingesting an equal body-weight percentage of this insecticide to that which will be ingested by the local birds. Doubtless, trace amounts will inevitably end up in the bodies of sports fans at the stadium anyway.
October 3, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Bayer said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Aventis CropScience for about $4.9 billion in cash to become the biggest maker of insecticides and help replace lost income from the withdrawn cholesterol treatment Baycol. The purchase from Aventis and Schering will yield annual savings of about 500 million euros with an elimination of 4,000 jobs, Bayer Chief Executive Manfred Schneider said at a news conference. The company also will assume $1.
August 30, 2001 | Dow Jones
American Vanguard Corp.'s Amvac Chemical Corp. unit said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire the Phosdrin insecticide business of BASF Agro BV. Financial terms weren't disclosed. American Vanguard said the acquisition is necessary to maintain Amvac's international sales of Phosdrin. The purchase includes all active registrations for the insecticide, access to the underlying data for the registrations and trademarks in 55 countries.
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