Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 4, 2008
Publication Date: February 5, 2007
Citation: Reeves, W.K. 2007. Biting and Blood Sucking Arthropods: What you needs to know and why. Meeting Abstract.
Arthropods such as biting midges, ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes transmit diseases that threaten both agriculture and human health. Biting and blood feeding flies such as biting midges (Ceratopogonidae), black flies (Simuliidae), keds (Hippoboscidae), bot flies (Oestridae), and stable flies (Muscidae) are potential vectors of pathogens. In addition to these flies there are an assortment of parasitic arthropods such as fleas, ticks, mites, and bugs that can transmit diseases. I will discuss the risks presented by these arthropods to animal and human health, current techniques in controlling these arthropods, and ongoing research that is directed at emerging problems in vector biology and control.