Frequently asked questions
Are mosquitoes attracted to light? How dangerous is malaria? Does ultrasound wear off mosquitoes? Will climate change affect tick activity and Lyme disease?
These are just a few questions that the media regularly asks us. Of course, we find it important to supply the viewers, listeners and/or readers with facts based on the latest scientific insights. Below you can find a short selection of news items in and on TV, radio and newspapers as our contributions to public outreach. Feel free to bug us with your questions! (items are in Dutch).
Our team asked everyone living in the Netherlands to send in dead mosquitoes for the 'muggenradar' project. More than 1000 people have already sent in an envelope. We would like to know which mosquitoes are overwintering in the Netherlands.
What are the risks of mosquito-borne diseases for The Netherlands? Presenters Diederik Jekel and Elisabeth van Nimwegen visited various labs in the country that investigate the role of the mosquito, the hosts and the pathogen, including the special safety lab in Wageningen.
Sander Koenraadt explains Sybrand Niessen the risks of mosquito bites and diseases while going to your favorite summer holiday destination (from 19:45 onwards)
In this program for children, Tessa Visser and Sander Koenraadt explain two curious and enthusiast/scared presenters the risks of the tiger mosquito
In this medical program for children, Sander Koenraadt gets the help of two young volunteers to find out what makes you attractive to mosquitoes
West Nile virus has reached the Netherlands, we have to be cautious. A conversation with Sander Koenraadt.
Three short documentaries that explain the work ongoing in our lab, and what happens with mosquitoes during the winter
In this interview, the question was asked how innocent the mosquito really is.
No more mosquitoes are needed to be sent to our lab. A send-in-your-dead-mosquitoes call from Sander Koenraadt and Rody Blom was so successful that the campaign had to be stopped early after 6000 received envelopes.
Marieke De Swart needs blood. The blood of 50 men, that is. Not for her personal use but for her entomological experiments with mosquitos.
Seven questions about the work we do on ticks and tick-borne encephalitis virus
Suriname versus Zika: a report on our trip to Surinam to work together with local colleagues to find out the origin and risks of Zika virus transmission.
Dutch podcast in which Sander Koenraadt explains all about the thriving mosquito biodiversity in the Netherlands.
An article on the website of the Dutch popular science magazine 'Kijk' where Tessa Visser gives a response on the Nature Communications paper 'The olfactory gating of visual preferences to human skin and visible spectra in mosquitoes', by Alonso San Alberto et al. 2022.