WVU Extension Service agents and specialists field complaints from people and property owners across the Mountain State. Learn about common pests.Browse the Pest Identification Guide
Keep your lawn, garden and buildings pest-free with an integrated pest management strategy. WVU Extension Service helps prevent, identify and find solutions to problems.
Pest Identification Guide
Beautiful in their natural habitat, wildlife can be problematic pests where people live, work and play. Learn what you can do to avoid and control wildlife.
Yes it’s true: Genetically engineered mosquitoes
Modifying the genes of mosquitoes can transform these pests into a weapon capable of fighting disease. Zika, dengue and chikungunya are all viral diseases spread by the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Because there are no cures for these viruses, health officials are eager to find new methods to slow their spread. Genetically engineered mosquitoes are being studied as a tool for this reason.
Scientists are modifying the genome of A. aegypti mosquitoes by inserting a gene into the insect that prevents its offspring from surviving to adulthood. This gene, tTAV (tetracycline repressible transactivator variant), makes a non-toxic protein that essentially ties up the machinery inside the insect’s cells, so that genes key to survival are not expressed and the insect dies.
Register to learn with WVU agents and specialists a free, bi-weekly integrated crop management webinar conference call series.
- Aug2910:00 AM - 11:00 AMAgBeats Integrated Crop Management Webinar & Conference Call