Entomologists Discuss Discovery’s “Mosquito” Documentary: A Live-Tweet Recap

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The old adage “bad press is better than no press” has a long history, and it surely applies to coverage of insects broadly and insects that are harmful to humans, more specifically. If you missed the Discovery channel program Mosquito that aired last Thursday night, July 6, then you missed a chance to see some of […]

Who, What, and Where Do Mosquitoes Bite?

By Cameron Webb Mosquitoes bite. They need to bite. Female mozzies require the nutritional hit of a bloodmeal to develop eggs. The blood can come from many different animals. Some mosquitoes are fussy with highly specific tastes, while others will feed on whoever, or whatever, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Understanding […]

New Research Shows How Different Strains of Bed Bugs are Able to Resist Insecticides

By Cameron Webb The wellness industry is booming, but it’s not just people looking for the latest “detox” diet. Some of our closest parasitic foes are well ahead of us in mastering the art of detoxification. Bed bugs are one of the most loathsome of all pests that attack and bite humans. Their resurgence in […]

Entomology 2014: Portland, Oregon

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Portland isn’t going to get any less “weird” when 3000 entomologists hit town! I’m going to be one of them there talking tweets and tweaking public health messages. This month I’m heading along to the Entomology 2014: The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 16-19 November…

What if We Fit Thousands of Mosquitoes with Tiny Sensors?

A post from last week called “Australia Fits Thousands of Bees with Sensors to Monitor the Environment” described a project where as many as 5,000 bees were being fitted with mini-sensors in order to track their movement and their relationship to the environment. Now Dr. Cameron Webb, a blogger and medical entomologist at the University […]