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

light trap

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.”

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

puerto rico hurricane aftermath

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 […]

Faster ID of Mosquito Species Possible via CDC Improvements to DNA Testing Methods

Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus?

A crucial step in management of mosquito-borne diseases is knowing exactly what kind of mosquitoes are present in any given locale. Are they garden-variety species that aren’t carriers of human pathogens, or are they potentially dangerous vectors such as Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus? Identifying and discerning between those two species is important as well, […]

Building a Better Light Trap: Study Finds Specific Light Waves Attract Anopheline Mosquitoes

mosquito light trap

By Andrew Porterfield For more than 50 years, the light trap—an incandescent light source attached to an insect collector—has been the standard for sampling potentially disease-carrying mosquitos. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other insect control agencies and organizations worldwide have used the light-bulb trap apparatus to attract and count a wide […]

Where Vector Management Meets Pollinator Protection, Local Collaboration is Key

Pollinator and vector

Managing mosquito and tick populations and protecting the health of pollinators are growing concerns on a global scale, but success in both requires teamwork on the local level. A coalition of entomologists and other scientists specializing in both disease-vector management and pollinator protection suggest professionals in these disciplines must work closely together in their local […]