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Can attractive toxic sugar baits harm nontarget species? Scientists test a new ingredient to find out

Mosquito control may well be one of the most debated topics among IPM professionals. Pesticide sprays such as DDT and malathion have been decried by groups concerned about their effect on the environment, while groups concerned about the health risks posed by mosquitoes argue that the chemicals save lives. In some situations, attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSBs) have been used as an alternative to broadcast sprays, with effective results.

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New Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise, but Faces Many Challenges

Integrated pest management doesn’t only protect crops from pests; it can save lives. Research on human disease-causing insects such as ticks and mosquitoes, as this post from Entomology Today shows, is vital to human health and safety.

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A study published recently in Science called “Protection Against Malaria by Intravenous Immunization with a Nonreplicating Sporozoite Vaccine” tells how researchers for the first time successfully developed a vaccine that may provide 100% protection against malaria, a disease that kills a child every minute. However, the vaccine is incredibly difficult to develop, and to deliver it to those who need it most.

The vaccine, known as PfSPZ Vaccine, was developed by a Rockville, MD company called Sanaria, but it wasn’t easy:

1) First, the researchers had to raise hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes and get them to feed on blood that had been infected with the malaria plasmodium.

2) Next, they irradiated the mosquitoes in order to weaken the malaria while keeping the mosquitoes alive.

3) Then they employed dozens of people to employ micro-surgeries, which involved removing the malaria sporozoites from the mosquitoes’ salivary glands.

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Research study finds affordable tool for mosquito control—using repellent plants

Mosquitoes are notoriously non-discriminate; they will take a blood meal wherever they can get one. They prefer areas that are marshy or full of puddles because they have ready-made places to lay eggs. A house that isn’t protected with pesticides means that entry and exit is easier.

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