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?
ENVIRONMENT We could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth. Why don’t we? (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn a little about a slightly less drastic alternative here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, and vote in today’s poll! Discussion Ideas It is very unusual for the good folks at National Geographic to openly … Continue reading Mosquitoes: What’s the Point?
HEALTH The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued multiple travel alerts about traveling to countries that may have outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Why? (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand the most effective prevention for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What is Zika? Zika … Continue reading The A to Z of Zika
HEALTH Atlanta tops the list of Top Mosquito Cities for the second year in a row. Is your city at risk? (Orkin) Learn more mosquitoes with our excellent animal profile of the pesky pest. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key content, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map, in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas According to Orkin, “June, July and August are prime mosquito months … Continue reading Where are America’s ‘Mosquito Cities’?
SCIENCE Mutant Mosquitoes Lose Lust for Human Scent Biologists have engineered a mutant strain of mosquitoes that lack the ability to sniff out human beings. Or insect repellent. Discussion Ideas: There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world. Why do students think the scientists featured in the Nature article chose to study the species Aedes aegypti? They’re not hard to find. Aedes … Continue reading Mutant Mosquitoes Lose Lust for Human Scent