West Nile Virus Infections Can Be Estimated by Observing Rainfall and Temperatures

Culex pipiens

By Alan Bolds A study by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) found that mosquito infection rates (MIR) for West Nile virus can be estimated with statistical models based on rainfall and temperature. The study, “Predicting West Nile Virus Infection Risk From the Synergistic Effects of Rainfall and Temperature,” was published in the […]

Controlling the Asian Tiger Mosquito, a Potential Zika Vector, is Possible but Difficult

By Meredith Swett Walker Is there a tiger lurking in your neighborhood? The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is spreading in the U.S. and its preferred habitat is urban and suburban areas. Unfortunately Ae. albopictus is not simply a nuisance at backyard barbecues — the mosquito is a potential vector for Zika as well as […]

Free Articles Provide Insight on the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus

Aedes albopictus

This week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and the Entomological Society of America is supporting the effort with a special collection of articles about the Asian tiger mosquito. Like its close relative Aedes aegypti, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been in the news recently due to its ability to transmit pathogens that […]

An Interview with Joseph Conlon, Technical Advisor of the American Mosquito Control Association

The week of June 26 to July 2, 2016 has been declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and […]

Why Do Varroa Mite Populations Sometimes Increase in the Fall?

The Varroa mite is public enemy number one to honey bees in the United States. Like little vampires, they suck the bees’ “blood” (hemolymph) and transmit viruses that can harm or kill them. According to Kirsten Traynor, a postdoctoral researcher in entomology at UMD, “We know that Varroa acts as a vector for viruses. The […]