Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit
2012 Annual Report
Significant progress has been made on this project to date. For objective 1 which is to develop effective host odor-based surveillance tools for the brown dog tick, a series of chemicals at various doses have been evaluated in a Y-tube olfactometer and several compounds (and their optimal doses) have been identified. Of these, attraction was increased with the addition of CO2. For objective 2, which is to develop and evaluate innovative alternative tools for control based on attract-and-kill approaches using host odors and fungal pathogens, we have evaluated several commercial and locally obtained isolates of two species of entomopathogenic fungi against ticks. Several highly effective formulations have been selected for use in the next objectives. For objective 3, which is proof-of-concept efficacy testing for surveillance and control, we have prepared the facility for tick testing. Additionally, we have developed trap prototypes. The final objective relates to the final year of the project.