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

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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

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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 […]

Scientists Track Mosquitoes that Transmit Zika and Dengue by County

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By Harvey Black As mosquito-borne diseases that were once rare or unseen in the United States are making their presence known in the country, a team of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Colorado State University is calling for greater efforts to systematically map the presence of the vectors carrying these […]

Zika Virus Genome Sequence Published by the Institut Pasteur

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Described for the first time in Uganda in 1947, Zika is an arbovirus belonging to the same family as dengue and yellow fever. These viral diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes in the Aedes genus, like the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). The first cases were confirmed in Brazil in […]

Mosquitoes More Likely to Lay Eggs in Water Sources Near Flowers

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By Josh Lancette Certain mosquitoes are more likely to lay eggs in water sources near flowers than in water sources without flowers, according to an article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Researchers from the USDA and the University of Florida studied the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and its egg-laying preferences. This mosquito […]

Study Compares “Natural” Mosquito Repellents to DEET

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By Josh Lancette Every summer while preparing for long weekends at our family cabin in the north woods of Minnesota, we’d face the same dilemmas. What food should we bring? Is SPF 50 sunscreen enough protection? And, most importantly, which mosquito repellent should we buy? If we picked the wrong kind, we’d be opening ourselves […]

Mosquitoes Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Sort it Out Eventually

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By Erin Weeks In the 1980s, public health officials and entomologists noticed a curious sea change in Florida. For centuries, the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) had been one of the deadliest and most invasive disease transmitters in the United States. Borne by stowaway mosquitoes from Africa, yellow fever surged through eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American cities, […]

Wolbachia Bacteria Can Control Mosquitoes with Fewer Chemicals

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By Erin Weeks Imagine that a strain of bacteria living in your body had the power to protect you from deadly viruses, render you sterile, or even help give rise to a new species of human. For insects, it’s not just fantasy — one widespread variety of bacteria possesses all of these powers, and many […]

Why Fly When You Can Hitchhike? Mosquitoes Rely on Roads to Disperse

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It’s only been about a year since the tropical disease chikungunya was first spotted in the Western Hemisphere. In December 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a travel warning to the Caribbean after the disease had been found on the island of St. Martin. Since then, there have been more than a million […]

Zika Virus: Another Threat from the Asian Tiger Mosquito

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A new virus in the group that includes dengue and chikungunya is the subject of an article in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Originating in Africa, zika was isolated in humans in the 1970s. Several years earlier, only a few human cases had been reported. It took until 2007 for the virus to show […]