Category: mosquitoes

Cautiously excited: new repellent research

Looks like there could be a new repellent compound to choose from on your shelves soon! The compound, isolongifolenone, is made from a tree with the charming name of Bastard Bulletwood.  From the abstract: We […]

Bill Gates, Malaria, and Mosquitoes

In an interesting TED talk, Bill Gates releases mosquitoes into a crowd.  An excerpt: Sadly, it only takes a few comments on the TED page until the “bring back DDT” drivel appears.  Sigh. If you […]

Caught in the Bug Net: 12.30.08

Wack off. No, seriously. It’s an insect repellent! Lovely photos of fecal shields (really!) at Cicindela.  You’ve never seen such beautiful poop. Anna has a lovely post (with photos) about cheating bees. Myrmecos has a […]

Refugees, Malaria, and bednets

UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) has asked bloggers to give this campaign by Nothing But Nets some promotion.  Unfortunately, the majority of displaced people in the world live in malarial areas, and malaria […]

New mosquito trap research

I wrote before about some of the newer mosquito trap-and-kill technology–the main brand in the US is called Mosquito Magnet.  It attracts biting insects with a combination of CO2 and other odors that mimic human […]

West Nile Virus and Birds

A new review paper out in Bioscience documents the spread of West Nile Virus in the US–and the toll on birds. If you don’t work with birds, or the disease itself, you tend not to […]

New Malaria research: insecticide cross-resistance

Several new papers in the open-access journal Malaria discuss the thorny problem of insecticide resistance. I’ll give you the paper citations, abstract summaries, and a (mostly) non-technical translation in this post. The monitoring of insecticide […]

Mosquito 86

Hanna at This Garden is Illegal recently reviewed a product called the Mosquito 86: “As was pitched by the representative of the company, the Mosquito 86 is “a new, innovative way to eliminate mosquitoes in […]

Why we failed on Malaria

Yeah. What he said: “The war against malaria in tropical countries was fought and lost in the 20th Century on the basis of faulty intelligence, a ‘dodgy dossier’ which argued that the same methods used […]