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.
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.
Murray Valley encephalitis virus is a rare but potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus. Here's what you need to know about it.
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.
The sounds of mosquitoes may be annoying to many but tuning into their musical whines could help design new mosquito traps. Just don't expect sounds from your smartphone to protect you from bites!
In the future, traps for mosquito that spread the dengue and chikungunya virus could be made from the carbon dioxide in human breathe as well as body odour.
The mozzies are coming! A mosquito emoji will be available on your devices in mid 2018, providing a new angle for communicating the science and health implications of these very dangerous insects.
Mosquito coils can help beat the bite of mosquitoes are most effective outdoors, and best avoided in closed, indoor settings.
Australian mosquitoes, unlike their Asian and American counterparts, can still be controlled by insecticides like pyrethroids. What lessons are there for managing pesticide resistance in insects?
Several sites in the US are releasing bacteria-infected mosquitoes as a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses that threaten people. What's the science – and how well will it work?
A new study shows how Australian authorities are battling the invasive Asian tiger mosquito in Torres Strait, reducing risks of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.
There's a new weapon against mosquitoes that spreads diseases such as dengue and yellow fever – more mosquitoes.
It's hard to contain a mosquito-borne infection like Zika when the conditions are ideal for it to spread.
Anopheles arabiensis is the world's most common, malaria-carrying mosquito. Now it's emerged that chickens emit an odour that can repel the deadly insects.
A computer model suggests that while more cases of Zika can be expected in the continental U.S. outbreaks will probably be small and are not projected to spread.
While no one likes getting bitten by mosquitoes, you might be surprised (and even a little fascinated) at the complex adaptions mosquitoes have developed to locate their favorite food sources.
Recently two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games.
Innovations targeted at mosquito control are good but should not draw focus away from the tried and tested public health measures to control mosquito-borne diseases.
A war is raging in your backyard between the "good" and "bad" mosquitoes.
Look beyond transgenic techniques that add new genes to a species. People have used selective breeding techniques to change plants and animals for millennia – why not try them on mosquitoes?