Latest Medical Entomology Stories
Two studies published in the Journal of Medical Entomology this month have revealed new insights into the behavior of bed bugs and possibly shown new ways to deal with these tenacious pests.
In California Culex mosquitoes are considered to be the principle vectors of West Nile virus (WNV), which infects birds, humans, and other mammals during the summer.
Scientists have created a new type of housefly control device that has proven most effective in killing an insect that carries as many as 100 types of germs.
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States, with the majority of cases occurring in the Northeast.
A vaccine that protects cattle against East Coast fever, a destructive disease in eastern and central Africa, is being developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya.
Four years after the LouseBuster prototype made headlines when research showed the chemical-free, warm-air device wiped out head lice on children, a new study reveals that a revamped, government-cleared model is highly effective.
Emory University researchers believe they have come up with the cheapest, most efficient way yet to monitor adult mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry, from malaria to West Nile Virus.
A compound of the Tauroniro tree in South America has been found to be effective in deterring mosquitoes from biting and to repel ticks, researchers said. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that isolongifolenone deters the biting of the mosquitoes -- known spreaders of diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and Lyme disease -- more effectively than the widely used synthetic chemical repellent N,N-diethyl-3-methyl benzamide, known as DEET.
Isolongifolenone, a natural compound found in the Tauroniro tree (Humiria balsamifera) of South America, has been found to effectively deter biting of mosquitoes and to repel ticks, both of which are known spreaders of diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.
U.S. entomologists say they've determined smaller mosquitoes are more likely to be infected with viruses causing human diseases than are larger mosquitoes.
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