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Help save a life with a bed net

Originally in Insects in the City

How would you like to save a life today? Through pest control? It’s not as hard as you might think.

In the years since Bill Gates retired his position as CEO of MicroSoft Corporation, he and wife Melinda have devoted tremendous effort to battling malaria.  Malaria and the mosquitoes that transmit it is the single greatest killer of humans in the world, accounting for most of the 700,000+ mosquito-caused deaths annually.  But unlike many of the other major problems in the world, solutions to the malaria epidemic are available now. Continue reading

UKAg researcher to develop artificial blood for mosquitoes

A “nuisance” is probably one of the nicest things people call mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal on the planet, because of the diseases they spread. So why would researchers want to develop an artificial buffet for them?

The answer is simple. That “buffet” may lead to fewer mosquitoes. Stephen Dobson, a University of Kentucky professor of medical and veterinary entomology, believes his mosquito food can do just that. Others believe there’s promise too.

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Mosquito preferences for people is in the genes

In National Public Radio. (you can listen to the podcast also if you follow the link)

A study that asked a few dozen pairs of twins to brave a swarm of hungry mosquitoes has revealed another clue to the cluster of reasons the insects are more attracted to some people than others: Genes matter.

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UF/IFAS mosquito-feeding study may help stem dangerous viruses

Mosquitoes bite male birds nearly twice as often as they bite females, a finding that may help scientists understand how to stem some viruses from spreading to humans, new University of Florida research shows.

In findings published online today in Royal Society Open Science, UF entomology assistant professor Nathan Burkett-Cadena found mosquitoes bite male birds 64 percent of the time, compared to 36 percent for females.

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The world’s deadliest animal

Lions, tigers and bears have got nothing on this tiny creature that all of us see every summer in our backyards. Of all of the vicious creatures in the world, from the deadly lionfish to human beings, mosquitoes kill more people every year than any other creature. According to a writer at the Gates Notes, malaria alone kills 600,000 people a year. Another 125,000 are killed by other mosquito-transmitted viruses.

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Researchers find enzyme required for malaria parasite

According to an Entomology Today blog post, scientists have discovered a crucial metabolic enzyme that the malaria parasite requires at all levels of development. The finding could have implications in managing the parasite.

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Breadfruit can be effective mosquito repellent, studies show

From USDA ARS

Breadfruit, used as a folk remedy in Pacific regions to control insects, is an effective mosquito repellent, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found.

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