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.

Chemicals from a Mosquito Predator May Be Used to Control Them

For decades, people have used a biological pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) to control mosquitoes and other insects. Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium that produces a protein that is toxic to insects, but is safe for humans. Organic farmers spray it on their crops in powder form, and modern plant breeders have inserted genes […]

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 […]