Setting a Baseline: A Clearer View of Mosquito Resistance to Insecticides

Culex pipiens

By Andrew Porterfield Mosquito control professionals have made significant gains toward managing malaria worldwide, as well as defending against West Nile virus, chikungunya, dengue, St. Louis encephalitis, and, more recently, Zika. However, mosquito resistance to existing insecticides also has been making gains. According to the World Health Organization, 60 countries have reported some mosquito resistance […]

Counting Horn Flies: No Easy Task, Whether In Person or In a Photo

horn fly

By Ed Ricciuti If your job is counting horn flies, a twitch of a cow’s hide can go a long way toward ruining your day. OK, perhaps that is a stretch, but it accurately describes a problem facing pest control managers who must manage a blood-sucking parasite that costs the cattle industry $1 billion a […]

Why Are There So Many Mosquito-Borne Virus Outbreaks in the Americas?

Aedes albopictus

By Josh Lancette In the past few decades, outbreaks of multiple mosquito-borne viruses have been popping up throughout North and South America. Some of these viruses are well known to the public, such as Zika, chikungunya, and West Nile, while others such as Eastern equine encephalitis and Mayaro haven’t quite broached mainstream news cycles. Furthermore, […]

How Do Pesticides Affect Wild Japanese Honey Bees?

Asian honey bee

By Josh Lancette In a recent Reddit AMA, honey bee experts May Berenbaum, Ph.D., and Gene Robinson, Ph.D., listed four P’s that drive problems with honey bees: pathogens, pesticides, parasites, and poor nutrition. In a recent study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, researchers from Japan tested the effects of one of the P’s, […]

A Termite-Control Twofer: How Baiting One Colony of Formosan Subterranean Termites Can Knock Out the Colony Next Door

Formosan Subterranean Termite

By John P. Roche Termites pose huge economic costs because they consume wood in buildings. Worldwide, termite control and termite damage cost $40 billion annually. The Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, is the most economically damaging species of all. It is estimated to cause $300 million in damage each year in the city of New […]