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 Horses Musca Domestica Hymenoptera Ticks Stomoxys Calcitrans Deer Biological Control Parasitoids Animals Pteromalidae Biological Control Agents Pathogens Oviposition Parasitoid Manure Houseflies Lipoptena Hippoboscidae Spalangia Cameroni Pupa Cattle Equine Livestock

Most Recent Papers

Surveillance of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in suburban natural habitats of central Maryland

Matthew Milholland, Lars Eisen, Robyn Nadolny, Andrias Hojgaard, Erika Machtinger, Jennifer Mullinax, Andrew Li, Journal of Medical Entomology

Pathogen Coinfections Harbored by Adult italic toggle="yes"Ixodes scapularis from White-Tailed Deer Compared with Questing Adults across Sites in Maryland, USA

Matthew T. Milholland, Guang Xu, Stephen M. Rich, Erika T. MacHtinger, Jennifer M. Mullinax, Andrew Y. Li, 2021, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases on p. 86-91

Toxicity of fluralaner, a companion animal insecticide, relative to industry-leading agricultural insecticides against resistant and susceptible strains of filth flies

Edwin R. Burgess, Christopher J. Geden, Kimberly H. Lohmeyer, B. H. King, Erika T. Machtinger, Jeffrey G. Scott, 2020, Scientific Reports

Collecting deer keds (diptera

Karen C. Poh, Michael Skvarla, Jesse R. Evans, Erika T. Machtinger, 2020, Journal of Insect Science

A Technique for dissecting the salivary glands from the abdomens of deer keds (Diptera: Hippoboscidae: Lipoptena Nitzsch, 1818 and Neolipoptena Bequaert, 1942)

M Skvarla, Karen Poh, Jesse Evans, Erika Machtinger, 2020, Journal of Insect Science

A tissue digestion protocol for measuring Sarcoptes scabiei (astigmata

Hannah S. Tiffin, Robert Cockerill, Justin D. Brown, Erika T. Machtinger, 2020, Journal of Insect Science

Special collection

Erika T. Machtinger, Karen C. Poh, 2020, Journal of Insect Science

Practical guide to trapping Peromyscus leucopus (Rodentia Cricetidae) and Peromyscus maniculatus for vector and vector-borne pathogen surveillance and ecology

Erika T. Machtinger, Scott C. Williams, 2020, Journal of Insect Science

Trapping white-tailed deer (artiodactyla cervidae) in suburbia for study of tick-host interaction

Patrick Roden-Reynolds, Erika T. Machtinger, Andrew Y. Li, Jennifer M. Mullinax, 2020, Journal of Insect Science

Choice of laboratory tissue homogenizers matters when recovering nucleic acid from medically important ticks

Amanda M. Jones, Marshall T. Van De Wyngaerde, Erika T. Machtinger, Edwin G. Rajotte, Thomas C. Baker, 2020, Journal of Medical Entomology on p. 1221-1227

Most-Cited Papers

Use of pupal parasitoids as biological control agents of filth flies on equine facilities

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

Oviposition deterrence and immature survival of filth flies (Diptera

E. T. Machtinger, E. N.I. Weeks, C. J. Geden, 2016, Journal of Insect Science

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 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

Comparison of Host-Seeking Behavior of the Filth Fly Pupal Parasitoids, Spalangia cameroni and Muscidifurax raptor (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)

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

Linear dispersal of the filth fly parasitoid Spalangia cameroni (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) and parasitism of hosts at increasing distances

Erika T. Machtinger, Christopher J. Geden, Norman C. Leppla, 2015, PLoS One

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

Biological control with parasitoids

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

Comparison of the Olfactory Preferences of Four of Filth Fly Pupal Parasitoid Species (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) for Hosts in Equine and Bovine Manure

E. T. Machtinger, C. J. Geden, 2015, Environmental Entomology on p. 1417-1424

Host location by Spalangia cameroni (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) in equine associated substrates

Erika T. Machtinger, Christopher J. Geden, 2013, Biological Control on p. 130-134

News Articles Featuring Erika Machtinger

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.

Institutes of Energy and the Environment announces seed grant recipients

Several Huck researchers are among the recipients of 2018-19 IEE seed grants.

Tick Awareness and Prevention for Hunters

With an estimated 899 species of ticks world-wide—and over 90 different types within the U.S. —the odds of coming across one of these pesky parasites during a hunt are pretty high. While certain ticks are incredibly problematic for large ungulates—and have led to a massive decline in moose within New England and British Columbia—only a handful of tick species actually harm humans.

Asian tick that clones itself could spread fast and far in the US, study says

The Asian longhorned tick most likely began invading the United States years ago. Now found in nine states, the tick may soon occupy a large swath of eastern North America as well as coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest, according to research published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

What you need to know about the new invasive tick species found in Centre County

State health and agriculture officials are urging the public to be vigilant in checking humans and animals for ticks after a new invasive species was found in Centre County.