Leaving water out for wildlife is important during droughts and bushfires but if it’s not changed regularly it can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Temperatures are soaring and bushfires are decimating Australia's wildlife. So how can we avoid creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes when putting water out for thirsty birds and animals?
Although yellow fever does not currently exist in Australia, the species Aedes aegypti - which can transmit the disease - is found widely across northern Queensland. The virus remains a global health concern, but citizen scientists could help prevent its spread.
Nuisance-biting and mosquito-borne disease are ongoing concerns for health authorities. But an effective citizen science program is now showing how all of us can help beat the bite of mozzies.
Mosquitoes play an important role as pollinators.
Mosquitoes have intricate and essential relationships with plants. Understanding their important work as pollinators would help to understand their role in different ecosystems.
Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest creatures because they are carriers for many lethal viruses.
Genetically modified mosquitoes were released in Brazil in an attempt to halt the spread of dengue fever by reducing the mosquito population.
Mosquitoes love sugar – so much so that can delay their search for our blood. Now, their sweet tooth may have revealed an important genetic weapon against the spread of mosquito-borne disease.
Spraying insecticide to kill mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are vectors of many devastating diseases such as malaria.
In the ongoing arms race to kill off mosquitoes that spread malaria, researchers have modified a naturally occurring fungus that kills mosquitoes with a deadly toxin to wipe out these insects faster.
Australia’s dengue cases are usually limited to far north Queensland.
Mosquito-borne dengue virus returned to central Queensland after being absent for decades. But while most Australian cases involve travellers, this one is locally acquired.
Is this dragonfly thriving, or just hanging on?
Alarm bells went off when several recent studies reported mass insect die-offs in different parts of the world. But reports of an 'insect apocalypse' have been greatly exaggerated.
Three species of immature mosquito: the common house mosquito, and the malaria vectors An. arabiensis and An. funestus.
Researchers are only beginning to understand the impact of pollution and increased temperatures on the biology of mosquitoes.
We might not be able to use common insecticides to kill mosquitoes that arrive from other countries.
Been on a tropical holiday? You might have brought home more than just a new sarong and extra colour in your cheeks – perhaps a mosquito that spreads dengue, or another known as 'the BBQ stopper'.
A female blacklegged deer tick crawls along a piece of straw.
Ticks are generally inactive in the winter and start to look for their next meal as temperatures warm up. But as winters warm, every season may become tick season.
It's increasingly difficult to manage diseases in inner cities.
Culex annulirostris mosquito and waterbirds are responsible for spreading Murray Valley encephalitis.
Murray Valley encephalitis virus is a rare but potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus. Here's what you need to know about it.
The aftermath of the Townsville floods brings increased risk of mosquitoes, which breed around water.
The more water, the more mosquito eggs are laid, and the more mosquitoes end up buzzing about. But to spread disease to people, they first need to bite infected wildlife.
Drones are being used to combat malaria in Zanzibar.
Mozzies feed on many native species, including the Nankeen Night Heron.
Thousands of Australians contract Ross River virus each year. Mozzies can infect us with their bites, but only after they've bitten an infected animal host.
CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology is being used in field from agriculture to medicine to food security and disease control.
You may not agree with using the gene-editing tool, CRISPR, to alter the DNA of human babies. But what about using it to engineer plants? Or wipe out one of the world's most dangerous creatures?
Anopheles stephensi mosquito bites a human to get a blood meal through its pointed proboscis. A droplet of blood is expelled from the abdomen after having engorged itself.
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Researchers are exploring genetic forms of population control called gene drives that spread traits faster that happens naturally. The goal is to curb mosquito-borne diseases like malaria.
And you can be…Susan.
Only half of Australia’s mozzies have been officially diagnosed, so how are scientists able to identify the others to help fight disease?
View of Taichung City, Taiwan, behind a mosquito net.
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Genetically modified mosquitoes breed fear and suspicion, especially since the research happens behind closed doors, away from the public. Now scientists and architects are trying to change that model.