Study Finds Native North American Mosquito Can Transmit Zika

Aedes vexans

By Josh Lancette A new study from researchers at the University of North Dakota found that Aedes vexans, a mosquito species indigenous to North America, has the capability to transmit Zika. This is the first native North American mosquito species shown to be able to transmit the virus. The results are published today in the […]

Mosquito Egg Hunt: Many Culex Species Prefer Alternatives to Standing Water

melanoconion mosquitoes eggs

The conventional wisdom about where many Culex mosquitoes lay their eggs—in standing water—is not always wise. Research into the diverse subgenus Melanoconion shows that many, if not most, mosquito species in the subgenus regularly lay their eggs on a variety of surfaces, and in a surprising location: above nearby water. The findings run counter to […]

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 […]

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, […]

Mosquitoes Experts at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology

Jason Thomas, a graduate student at Texas A&M University, recently interviewed mosquito experts at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida: For more info about the Congress, visit http://ice2016orlando.org. For more videos by Jason, visit http://tinyurl.com/grn3tj6.