Entomologists Urged to Beware the “Dark Side” of Light Traps

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The Old Reliable for generations of entomologists, the light trap remains perhaps the best catchall collecting device to sample large numbers and species of insects, but it also may mask infestations of some insect-borne illnesses and even expose humans to disease vectors. So suggests a paper published today in the Journal of Medical Entomology, catchily titled “The Dark Side of Light Traps.”

The Role of School Nurses in Integrated Pest Management for Public Health

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In the last 15 years, many states have started requiring schools to practice integrated pest management. This may seem odd, but a school campus is essentially a large public property, and any property, be it a building or open space, has pests. Usually, IPM efforts in schools focus on facility managers or custodians. But school nurses deal directly with the effects of these pests on students and can be an important addition to the IPM team.

Another Step Forward in Genetic Engineering of Mosquitoes

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“Yellow, three-eyed, wingless mosquitoes” have made headlines this week, but the researchers at the University of California, Riverside, behind the news call the disruption of mosquitoes’ cuticle, wing, and eye development a “proof of concept” for a new advance in the genetic engineering method known as CRISPR/Cas9. The method may accelerate scientists’ work toward identifying the genes to target for disruption of mosquitoes’ ability to carry and transmit human diseases.

Vector Control Experts Sought for Onsite Aid in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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The hurricanes that slammed the Caribbean this fall are long gone, but recovery efforts are, of course, ongoing. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are in need of assistance in re-establishing their vector control infrastructure and responding to the heightened need for vector management in post-hurricane conditions. This week, the Caribbean Emergency Vector Response […]

Citizen Scientists Collect 29,000 Mosquitoes in Germany and Help Detect Spreading Populations of Invasive Species

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By Edward Ricciuti Armchair scientists nimble enough to catch insect lightning in a jar have helped the professionals map distribution of invasive mosquitoes in Germany—and they even detected three previously unknown populations of Aedes japonicus japonicus, which spreads the West Nile virus. Described in a new paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology, the effort […]