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?