Category: mosquitoes

Don’t throw your DEET Away!

A lot of people have been asking me about the new DEET news. Here’s an entomologist’s opinion, breaking it down.
TL:DR your DEET still works, ignore the headlines.


Entomology and Critical Thinking

The connection between critical thinking and bugology isn’t always immediately apparent, but I think they go hand in hand. There are many, many bogus devices that claim to repel insects, and I think it’s important to name […]

I’m on the radio!

Best of all, I am joined on this episode of Skeptically Speaking by anthropologist Greg Laden, who talks about entomophagy (bug eating). My part of the interview starts with a discussion of using a pseudonym […]

1900-2007 malaria rates

Malaria: Visually charting our progress

When I was looking up something for last week’s rant, I discovered this map, which shows the progress that has been made in fighting Malaria.  Sometimes, I think it’s easy to forget that while a […]

Forbes hits the Conspiracy Trifecta

Environmentalists caused the plague? A very problematic take in a magazine that should know better

And Another Thing…. (DDT Fail)

I was interviewed by Drunken Skeptics (Michigan Skeptics Association) about DDT, bed bugs, and my criticism of Brian Dunning for not doing proper research and posting a lot of incorrect stuff about DDT. Listen to […]

World Malaria Day, 2010

2010 is an important year.  There’s 249 days left until the day set as the target for “The Decade to Roll Back Malaria.” The plan is that by the end of 2010: 80% of people […]

Stupidity….there’s an app for that

Just when I think I’ve seen everything…I discover there is an app for your iPhone that claims to  repel mosquitoes with high frequency sound: “Have you ever been camping and you were worried about those […]