New on Featured Creatures! African malaria mosquito

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures! Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Anopheles gambiae is the most efficient vector of human malaria in the Afrotropical Region (CDC 2010). Thus, it is commonly called the African malaria mosquito. The Anopheles gambiae complex of sibling…

Summer-Florida’s Crepuscular Smorgasbord

With Memorial Day on the horizon, summer beckons us forward for food, fun, and outdoor activities.  Just remember that you may have some unwanted guests arrive at your weekend activities, particularly during the late afternoon to evening (or crepuscular) hours. Insect Enemy #1:  Biting flies, otherwise known as deer flies, horse flies, or yellow flies…

New on Featured Creatures! Black salt marsh mosquito.

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures! Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The black salt marsh mosquito, Aedes taeniorhynchus (Wiedemann), is very common in the eastern coastal areas of the Americas, and is responsible for a large part of mosquito insecticide applications in Florida…

Florida Mosquito Advisories from the Florida Department of Health

Check out the latest information on arbovirus surveillance from the Florida Department of Health at- http://www.myfloridaeh.com/medicine/arboviral/surveillance.htm Note that several counties are under mosquito-borne illness advisories including:  Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, St. Lucie, Levy, and Duval. Martin County is under a mosquito-borne illness alert.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Concerns

Good Morning! Are you familiar with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)? EEE is vectored by mosquitoes and a concern for Florida residents, particularly during the summer months. The Florida Department of Health posts weekly updates regarding various arbovirus diseases of concern, and the latest report is available at: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/pdfs/2013/2013Week29ArbovirusReport_7-20-2013-correct.pdf Both Levy and Hillsborough counties each…

Arbovirus Disease Series: Dengue

Dengue fever is the first in a series of pest alerts focusing on specific arboviral (or arthropod-borne)  diseases, as occurrences are more common during the summer months. A general arboviral disease awareness pest alert was distributed on 6/15/13.  The Center for Disease Control’s website http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/Arbor/index.htm remains an excellent source for comprehensive information….

Arboviral Disease Awareness

As the summer rains in Florida create breeding grounds for mosquitos and other arthropods, the public should remain aware of the potential danger of diseases transmitted by arthropods. Arboviral diseases are viruses that are arthropod-borne, and are maintained in nature by transmission from one host to the next by arthropods such as…

Florida Arbovirus Surveillance Reports

Mosquitoes and mosquito-vectored diseases continue to be an issue within Florida.  The first locally acquired human case of dengue for 2012 was reported in Miami-Dade County, Florida last week. The full Florida Department of Health Weekly Report can be downloaded at:  http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/pdfs/2012/2012Week39ArbovirusReport_09-29-2012.pdf For more information about mosquitoes, visit the Florida Medical Entomology…

New Featured Creatures Publication on the Black-Tailed Mosquito by Buckner, Showman, and Connelly

The black-tailed mosquito, Culiseta melanura (Coquillett, 1902), belongs to the family Culicidae. This species of mosquito is considered unusual because it overwinters as larvae while most mosquito species overwinter as either adults or eggs. Culiseta melanura is important because of its role in the transmission cycle of eastern equine encephalitis virus and…

Florida Arbovirus Summary, July 7, 2012

Having trouble with mosquitoes in your backyard?  At least in my yard in Gainesville, we seemed to have an excessive population towards the end of June and beginning of July.  I would still prefer to have fewer mosquitoes, but I suppose it is the season for it. As of the July 7,…