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A yellow citronella bucket candle is essential for summertime evenings to keep the mosquitos away. ARENA Creative/Shutterstock.com

Why plant-based mosquito repellents are so hard to design

Bug sprays with DEET feel oily and smell gross. That's why scientists are developing new mosquito repellents based on natural plant oils. But translating these into commercial products isn't easy.
Could the sounds from our smartphones repel or attract mosquitoes? Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology)

The buzz from your smartphone won’t stop mosquito bites

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!
Some experts have likened burning a mosquito coil in a closed room to smoking 100 cigarettes. By trini, CC BY 2.1 jp

Are mosquito coils good or bad for our health?

Mosquito coils can help beat the bite of mosquitoes are most effective outdoors, and best avoided in closed, indoor settings.
Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes viewed through a microscope in Broward County, Florida, in June 2016. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

Vast amounts of standing water in Houston and other hurricane-flooded areas are dangerous not only because of toxins. The water is a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
Mosquitoes are the main vectors for dengue and zika. Insecticides are our best weapon against them. Anja Jonsson/Flickr

Mozzies are evolving to beat insecticides – except in Australia

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?

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