Education, Mosquito Management Programs, and Cooperation Needed to Stop Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) and Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) held a Summit in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil on 13 March, 2016 to discuss the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the primary transmitter of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. While the Summit featured talks on many aspects of mosquito biology, behavior, and control, […]

46 Million-Year-Old Blood Meal Found in Fossilized Mosquito

In an article called “Hemoglobin-derived porphyrins preserved in a Middle Eocene blood-engorged mosquito” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors describe “the fossil of a blood-engorged mosquito in oil shale from northwestern Montana.” “The existence of this rare specimen extends the existence of blood-feeding behavior in this family of insects 46 million […]

US Army Launches Website About Permethrin-Treated Uniforms

Throughout history, more soldiers have died from insects than from bullets or bombs, since insects like mosquitoes and lice can vector diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, or typhus. To combat this, the US Army has been treating uniforms with permethrin, which repels mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and flies. There are no known health risks associated […]

A Genetically Modified Insect May be Field Tested in Europe

Oxitec, a British ag-biotech company, has applied to Spanish regulatory authorities for permission to carry out a netted field evaluation of its genetically-modified olive fly strain. If approved, the study would be the first outdoor trial of a GM insect in the EU. In Oxitec’s pest control approach, the company’s engineered males are released to […]

Fighting Insect Pests with the Deployed Warfighter Protection Research Program

The Research Program for Deployed Warfighter Protection (DWFP) against disease-carrying insects is an initiative by the United States Department of Defense to develop, validate and use novel materials and technologies to protect deployed military personnel from vector-borne diseases, especially those transmitted by mosquitoes and sand flies. An article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management […]