Tag: mosquitoes

UF/IFAS Entomologist Urges Precautions Against Mosquito-Borne Viruses

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida entomologist urges Floridians to protect themselves against biting mosquitoes because of unusually high levels of mosquito-borne virus transmission to sentinel chickens, horses and humans so far this summer. “Floridians need to… Read More

Two Mosquito Species Can Transmit New Chikungunya Virus in the Americas

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes from Florida and Brazil can transmit an Asian strain of chikungunya virus that’s emerging in North, South and Central America, a University of Florida scientist says. The Asian strain… Read More

UF study: Mosquitoes can lead researchers to elusive Burmese Python

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Burmese pythons may be big and scary, but they are hard to find. Now, researchers can enlist the aid of mosquitoes to find the invasive snake in south Florida, according to a study by a… Read More

Burmese python’s hungry escapades may have consequences for human health

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the large, invasive Burmese python eats its way through south Florida’s mammals, the mosquitoes in the area have fewer types of animals to bite. Now, more mosquitoes are drawing blood from a rat that… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist gets $200,000 to help develop rapid Zika detection

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist will use a $200,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health to improve tests for the detection of Zika… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers share safest ways to spray for Zika mosquitoes, protect bees

Please see caption below the story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida beekeepers are concerned after 2.5 million bees that were killed during an aerial spraying with Naled/Dibrom for Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Dorchester County, S.C. Now, Floridians are looking for… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists: Keep up your guard for West Nile virus

  Please see caption below for more information and a video, click here: http://bit.ly/1IrtbSv GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While Florida has never experienced a serious West Nile virus epidemic, UF/IFAS scientists caution the public to remain vigilant about this… Read More

UF/IFAS expert to help Australians try to control diseases transmitted by invasive mosquitoes

Cutline below GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida scientist recognized as a global expert on invasive mosquitoes will head to Australia in March to work with researchers to combat public health threats common to Florida and Queensland,… Read More