Medical and Veterinary Entomology

1st Edition

Editors: Gary Mullen Lance Durden
Hardcover ISBN: 9780125104517
eBook ISBN: 9780080536071
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th September 2002
Page Count: 597
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Medical and Veterinary Entomology is a comprehensive text and is primarily intended for graduate students and upper level undergraduates studying the medical and veterinary significance of insects and related arthropods. The book will also appeal to a larger audience, specialists and non-specialists alike, including entomologists, parasitologists, biologists, epidemiologists, physicians, public health personnel, veterinarians, wildlife specialists and others looking for a readable, authoritative book on this topic. The first two chapters provide overviews of medical-veterinary entomology and epidemiology, respectively. These are followed by individual chapters devoted to each group of insects or arachnids of medical-veterinary importance and the health problems they can cause including their role as vectors of pathogens. Each of these chapters provides an overview of the taxonomy, biology and ecology of the group, and is followed by separate sections on their medical and veterinary importance, then by a section on prevention and control and, finally, by a list of references and further reading.

Key Features

Key Features

  • Nationally and internationally renowned contributing authors
  • Up to date and new information that is easy to locate, with extensive subheadings and highlighted key words throughout text
  • Includes extensive coverage of arachnids, including scorpions, solpugids, spiders, mites and ticks
  • Designed for teaching several courses including Medical Entomology, Veterinary Entomology or combined Medical-Veterinary Entomology courses


Students of insect vector borne diseases of humans and other animals. Teaching and research faculty in medical and veterinary schools that provide a course in vector borne diseases. Parasitologists, entomologists, government scientists responsible for oversight and monitoring of insect vector borne diseases. Medical and veterinary school libraries and libraries at institutions with strong programs in entomology.

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Introduction General Entomology Medical-Veterinary Entomology Literature History of Medical-Veterinary Entomology Identification and Systematics of Arthropods of Medical-Veterinary Importance Types of Problems Caused by Arthropods Arthropod-Borne Diseases Food Contaminants Fear of Arthropods Delusory Parasitosis Toxins and Venoms Host Defenses Forensic Entomology Minor Arthropod Problems of Medical-Veterinary Interest References and Further Reading Chapter 2. Epidemiology of Vector-Borne Diseases Components of Transmission Cycles Modes of Transmission Transmission Cycles Interseasonal Maintenance Vector Incrimination Surveillance References and Further Reading Chapter 3. Cockroaches (Blattaria) Taxonomy Morphology Life History Behavior and Ecology Common Cockroach Species Public Health Importance Veterinary Importance Prevention and Control References and Further Reading Chapter 4. Lice (Phthiraptera) Taxonomy Morphology Life History Behavior and Ecology Lice of Medical Interest Lice of Veterinary Interest Public Health Importance Veterinary Importance Prevention and Control References and Further Reading Chapter 5. True Bugs (Hemiptera) Kissing Bugs (Reduviidae) Taxonomy Morphology Life History Behavior and Ecology Public Health Importance Veterinary Importance Prevention and Control Bed Bugs (Cimicidae) Taxonomy Morphology Life History Behavior and Ecology Public Health Importance Veterinary Importance Prevention and Control References and Further Reading Chapter 6. Beetles (Coleoptera) Taxonomy Morphology Life History Behavior and Ecology Publ


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About the Editor

Gary Mullen

Affiliations and Expertise

Auburn University, AL, USA

Lance Durden

Affiliations and Expertise

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, USA


"Designed to be comprehensive, the 597-page book covers 22 groups of insects and arachnids that can adversely affect the heath of humans and animals." -VETERINARY PRACTICE NEWS (JUNE 2004) "Highly recommended as a reference volume for public, college and university libraries or anyone seeking a detailed and thorough treatment of the subject. General readers; lower division undergraduates through professionals." —R.E. Lee Jr., Miami University for CHOICE (February 2003) "This volume should command a place in all libraries and on bookshelves of all those who are seriously interested in entomology and eco-parasitology, whether they be clinicians, academics or students." -VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY (May 2003) " without a doubt the finest book available in English on the subject today." -FLORIDA SCIENTIST (2003) "The editiors and authors have crafted an outstanding, readable volume... Both students and professionals will find the wealth of information will serve as sound foundation for many years... As a text, this book will have a long uesful life." —Frank E. French, Georgia Southern University (June 2002) "... the text was excellent. Unlike many other edited texts, this one adhered to a similar ground plan for all chapters and thus presented an even flow from one chapter to the next. The editors asked the best people in each of the specific areas to write chapters, and this choice of authorship was reflected in the quality of the contributions." —Marc J. Klowden, University of Idaho, College of Agriculture (February 2002) "Let me start by saying this is an excellent book, probably the best text to comprehensively cover both medical and veterinary entomology." —Mike Service for ANNALS OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PARASITOLOGY (2002)