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Summary: The study of arthropods that affect human and domesticated animal health is call medical entomology. Use the suggestions below to add to your reference library.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD
OSU Ext. Entomologist (ret.)

What is medical entomology?

Medical entomology is the study of insects, and related arthropods, that impact the health of people and our domesticated animals. Health threats generally come in the form of venom, delivered by sting or bite, and pathogens (disease causing organisms) transferred by a bite.

Bees, wasps, ants, and scorpions, sting in order to subdue prey and defend themselves. Spiders, some mites, some true bugs, flies, fleas, lice, mosquitoes, and ticks bite to feed. While feeding, pathogens may be transferred to the host animal.

The following are standard reference books in the field of medical entomology:

Lyme disease tick - Ixodes pacificus

Western black-legged tick. Transmits Lyme disease in western US. Photo is black and white.

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