SCIENCE Can something as simple as a treated net change the way mosquitoes actually behave? The answer may be yes. (NOVA Next) Learn more about the science of mosquito nets with our great little study guide. Discussion Ideas New research indicates that mosquitoes may develop behavioral resistance to insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). What are ITNs? Take a look at our study guide for some help. Insecticide-treated … Continue reading Are Mosquitoes Outsmarting Mosquito Nets?
WORLD Insecticide-treated nets are widely considered a magic bullet against malaria—one of the cheapest and most effective ways to stop a disease that kills at least half a million Africans each year. But many recipients don’t use the nets for their intended purpose—instead, they sew together anti-malaria nets into gigantic sieves that trawl the bottom of the lakes and wetlands, culling some of Africa’s most … Continue reading Malaria Nets Keep Mosquitoes Out . . . and Fish In
I can tell by the red bumps on my legs that it’s that time of year again: mosquito season. For me, like most Americans, a mosquito bite is little more than an itchy nuisance. But in some areas of the world, mosquitoes pose far more dangerous risks. Malaria, a life-threatening, infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is widespread in Asia, parts of the Americas, and Africa. … Continue reading In this case, it’s good to be a buzz kill.