Erika Machtinger

Assistant Professor of Entomology

Erika Machtinger

Research Summary

Veterinary entomology, including vector-borne diseases. Focus is on ecology and behavior associated with host-parasite interactions to improve or develop new control methods.

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Muscidae Diptera Musca Domestica Horses Parasitoids Hymenoptera Stomoxys Calcitrans Oviposition Biological Control Livestock Animals Pteromalidae Parasitoid Pests Poultry Monitoring Wildlife Pathogens Houseflies Methodology Spalangia Cameroni Biological Control Agents Parasitism Deer Ticks

Most Recent Publications

Tissue-damaging marking methods do not affect tick burdens on field captured Peromyscus spp.

Chloe E. Roberts, Edwin R. Burgess, Taylor M. Miller, Anna Marie Wise, Cera J. Dickerson, Michael J. Skvarla, Andrew Y. Li, Erika T. Machtinger, 2022, Wildlife Society Bulletin

Filth Fly Parasitoid (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) Monitoring Techniques and Species Composition in Poultry Layer Facilities

Alexandra A. Pagac, Christopher J. Geden, Edwin R. Burgess, Montana R. Riggs, Erika T. Machtinger, 2022, Journal of Medical Entomology on p. 2006-2012

Human Tick Removal Kit

Erika Machtinger, 2022,

Kylie D. Green, Hannah S. Tiffin, Jessica E. Brown, Edwin R. Burgess, Erika T. Machtinger, 2022, Ecosphere

Tick and Mosquito Repellent Guide and Card

Erika Machtinger, 2022,

Human Tick ID Card

Erika Machtinger, 2022,

Protecting Horses from Horse and Deer Fly Bites

Erika Machtinger, 2022,

Caellaigh N. Kimpston, Amanda L. Hatke, Benjamin Castelli, Nathan Otto, Hannah S. Tiffin, Erika T. Machtinger, Justin D. Brown, Kyle R. van Why, Richard T. Marconi, 2022, Microbiology spectrum

K. V. Smith, K. L. Delong, C. N. Boyer, J. M. Thompson, S. M. Lenhart, W. C. Strickland, E. R. Burgess, Y. Tian, J. Talley, E. T. Machtinger, R. T. Trout Fryxell, 2022, Journal of Integrated Pest Management

Pests and Parasites of Horses

Erika Machtinger, Emma Weeks, Christopher Geden, Erika Lacher, 2022, on p. 396

Most-Cited Papers

Deer keds (Diptera: Hippoboscidae: Lipoptena and Neolipoptena) in the United States and Canada: New state and county records, pathogen records, and an illustrated key to species

Michael J. Skvarla, Erika T. Machtinger, 2019, Journal of Medical Entomology on p. 744-760

Effects of four commercial fungal formulations on mortality and sporulation in house flies (Musca domestica) and stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans)

E. N.I. Weeks, E. T. Machtinger, S. A. Gezan, P. E. Kaufman, C. J. Geden, 2017, Medical and Veterinary Entomology on p. 15-22

Erika T. Machtinger, Christopher J. Geden, Phillip E. Kaufman, Amanda M. House, 2015, Journal of Integrated Pest Management

E. T. Machtinger, C. J. Geden, P. E. Teal, N. C. Leppla, 2015, Environmental Entomology on p. 330-337

House and Stable Fly Seasonal Abundance, Larval Development Substrates, and Natural Parasitism on Small Equine Farms in Florida

E. T. Machtinger, N. C. Leppla, J. A. Hogsette, 2016, Neotropical Entomology on p. 433-440

Development and oviposition preference of house flies and stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) in six substrates from Florida equine facilities

E. T. Machtinger, C. J. Geden, J. A. Hogsette, N. C. Leppla, 2014, Journal of Medical Entomology on p. 1144-1150

Erika T. Machtinger, Christopher J. Geden, 2018, on p. 299-336

News Articles Featuring Erika Machtinger

'Prescribed' Fires' Hidden Bonus: Fewer Ticks

A tool used to restore forest ecosystems could also be key to the battle against tick-borne disease, researchers say.

Prescribed fire could reduce tick populations and pathogen transmission

Prescribed fire — a tool increasingly used by forest managers and landowners to combat invasive species, improve wildlife habitat and restore ecosystem health — also could play a role in reducing the abundance of ticks and the transmission of disease pathogens they carry, according to a team of scientists.

8 best insect repellents: DEET and DEET-free bug sprays

One preventative and protective measure you can take to avoid bug bites is applying insect repellent. Figuring out which ones are actually effective can be confusing, though, seeing as the labels are often covered with complicated ingredients and jargon like “DEET” and “all-natural.”

It's tick season: Learn to protect yourself and your animals with free webinars

To educate the public about tick risk and tick bite prevention in these companion animals, Penn State Extension will offer the spring 2022 “Tick Webinar Series.” The vector-borne disease extension team will hold three webinars in May — Lyme Disease Awareness Month — at no cost to participants.

Ticks and mosquitoes may await the pandemic-weary seeking outdoor exercise

Pandemic-weary Americans have begun walking and hiking in recent months to get out of the house while avoiding infection with the novel coronavirus. At the same time, resource-strapped local health departments have been forced to divert money and people to covid-related activities, unwillingly creating openings for outside exercisers to get sick in other ways.

Ticks - biology, threats, protections - are focus of 10-week Penn State webinar series

Ticks, Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases and Pennsylvania’s No. 1 position in all of that will be explained in detail in a free, 10-part webinar series from Penn State Extension that begins Thursday, July 9, with weekly installments scheduled through September 17.

Ticks - biology, threats, protections - are focus of 10-week Penn State webinar series

Ticks, Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases and Pennsylvania’s No. 1 position in all of that will be explained in detail in a free, 10-part webinar series from Penn State Extension that begins Thursday, July 9, with weekly installments scheduled through September 17.

Parasitic Deer Fly Now Spreading Across US Says Study

Entomologists from Pennsylvania State University found that deer flies, which sometimes bite humans, are more prevalent in the United States than originally thought.

New records show spread of parasitic deer flies across the US

With flattened bodies, grabbing forelegs and deciduous wings, deer keds do not look like your typical fly. These parasites of deer — which occasionally bite humans — are more widely distributed across the U.S. than previously thought.

Pa. Lyme disease cases appear to hit plateau, but that shouldn’t change your outdoors routine

There’s good news about Lyme disease, Pennsylvanians. After a couple of years of leading the nation in “confirmed and probable” cases of the tick-borne disease, the experts expect the number of cases to level off.