Tag: Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

UF/IFAS study: Pesticide-induced mosquito death outweighs fitness advantage of survivors

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A common toxin used to kill yellow fever mosquito larvae – the most prevalent transmitter of dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses – is highly effective. While there are some fitness advantages… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists write document explaining Zika virus; urge vigilance

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although the Zika virus is spreading, even into Florida, it does not appear to have been transmitted from mosquito to person or person to person in Florida. But that could happen any time, University of… Read More

Mating with the wrong insect may cut yellow fever mosquito populations

Asian tiger mosquito Yellow fever mosquito GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Asian tiger mosquitoes can drive down yellow fever mosquito populations when the female chooses the wrong male with which to mate, UF/IFAS scientists say. Both insects transmit chikungunya and… 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 scientists adapt household products to dupe and trap deadly disease-carrying insects in Africa

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Crushed seashells and vinegar could be the key ingredients in an inexpensive and readily available way to lure and trap disease-carrying insects in developing nations, according to a new UF/IFAS study. By… 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

UF/IFAS study shows how diet affects lab-raised mosquitoes in medical studies

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most people try to avoid feeding hungry mosquitoes, but for some medical researchers it’s a different story. Lab-raised mosquitoes are used in studies investigating how the blood-sucking insects transmit viruses and parasites. Those mosquitoes must… Read More

Mosquito threat emerges as season peaks, UF researchers report

Caption at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they’re also an economic and health concern, say University of Florida researchers. July, August, and September are peak months for mosquito… Read More