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Editorial: Mosquito buster

A delight of summer is watching a field of corn growing, seemingly overnight, from tiny sprout to seven feet tall.

Corn’s uses go far beyond fodder and cornbread. It may even be in the fuel that you put in your vehicle.

A new use promises happiness to mankind. Government researchers in Peoria, Illinois, are using cornstarch to make products that can fight insects, including mosquitoes. The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation said cornstarch can be combined with essential oils from plants that are toxic to mosquitoes. The resulting emulsion can be placed in larvae habitats, killing mosquitoes before they become airborne adults.

So, grow corn and make evening summer outings pleasant … a natural solution.

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