The yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti isn’t put off by this ‘mosquito repellent’ wrist band.
While slipping on a wrist band or sticking on a patch may be an attractive alternative, they’re unlikely to provide any substantial protection from biting mosquitoes.
Disase carrying insects are attracted to light bulbs – a constraint of domestic solar energy.
Solar is a vital piece of the energy puzzle for Africa, but there is an insect problem that comes with the light from solar.
Anopheles Gambiae, one of three mosquitoes found in Africa that transmit malaria.
The irritating buzz that rings in your ear in the dead of the night comes from an insect barely traceable with your naked eye. Here are a few facts worth knowing about the mosquito.
A doctor observes mosquitoes to better understand the malaria parasite which has been developing a resistance to the anti-malarial drugs.
Across the world scientists are trying to find a new drug that the malaria carrying parasite will struggle to develop a resistance to.
A young girl plays inside a mosquito net in Kibera, Nairobi.
Several countries within southern Africa are on the brink of eliminating malaria. But there are several challenges ahead.
Insects are key to holding the food chain together. Without them, much of what we eat today won’t exist.
Without insects the food chain would diminish and we would have very little fruit and vegetables to eat.
Will climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread?
Could climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread? While this an extremely important health question, the answer is far from simple.
Which way to the bar?
The UK's recent heatwave is perfect for mosquito breeding but something far more dangerous may be coming.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue fever when enjoying blood meals.
Annihilate the Aedes aegypti mosquito population and you'd stop dengue fever from infecting up to 100 million people worldwide annually. Here are some high-tech methods under development.
Genes but no jeans – mozzie bliss.
Being bitten by mosquitoes may not be pleasant but they're after your unique microbial fingerprint.
A changing climate may contribute to more mosquito-borne disease, but it doesn’t guarantee it.
The east coast of Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease in years.
Exotic mosquitoes like this ‘Asian tiger’ are heading to the UK.
The folk song goes: all God's creatures got a place. But not the mosquito.
Ross River is most common in adults aged 25 to 45 years.
About one in five people infected with Ross River virus develop symptoms, which start two to 19 days after being bitten.
For exposed skin, there really isn’t an alternative to topical insect repellents.
Mosquitoes need blood to survive. And what better place to get a good meal than a slow, tasty human. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying. Every year around 5,000 Australians get sick following a mosquito bite…
Zabibu Athumani and her son Abirai Mbaraka Sultani rest under an insecticide-treated bed net at their home. (Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 2011).
In January, the New York Times highlighted how insecticide treated nets meant to protect people from mosquitoes and malaria are now being used to haul fish in Africa. Among those using these nets to catch…
There are up to 400 chemical compounds on human skin that could play a role in attracting mosquitoes.
There’s always one in a crowd, a sort of harbinger of the oncoming mosquito onslaught: a person mosquitoes seem to target more than others. What is it about these unlucky chosen few that makes them mosquito…
Someone didn’t put on the DEET. This is the Yellow Fever mosquito
Stephen Doggett/Pathology West - ICPMR Westmead
The smell of mozzie repellent is as much a part of summer as barbecues and the cricket. Despite supermarket and pharmacy shelves overflowing with insect repellents, there are actually only a few active…
The pest hides out in pot plants and rainwater tanks, and feeds on humans and pets.
An Australian native mosquito has for the first time been detected in urban California, in the latest wave of mozzies hitching…
Vector-borne diseases are responsible for 17% of all infectious diseases.
The term “vector-borne” refers to the way diseases are passed on from one person to another. Instead of through the air or directly by human contact, these pathogens need to hitch a ride for transmission…
The saltmarsh mosquito, Aedes vigilax, transmits Ross River virus in many coastal regions of Australia.
Mr Stephen Doggett (Medical Entomology, Pathology West - ICPMR Westmead)
Ross River virus infection is the most commonly reported mosquito-borne disease in Australia, with more than 4,000 cases of illness are reported every year. Activity has been recorded from every state…