|Cilek, J. - FLORIDA A & M UNIVERSITY|
Submitted to: American Mosquito Control Association
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2002
Publication Date: September 1, 2002
Interpretive Summary: Biting midges transmit diseases, lower the quality of life, decrease property values and cause under utilization of recreational areas. Conventional methods of mosquito control, which emphasize ground and aerial sprays of chemical insecticides, are ineffective against adult biting midges. Cooperative research was conducted by scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture's Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, FL and the John A. Mulrennan, Sr. Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center, Florida A & M University, Panama City, FL, on the efficacy of attractant baited traps for adult biting midge control in suburban residential developments. This aspect of the study compared the relative attractancy of adult biting midges to various types of suction traps baited with various combinations of attractants. The expected outcome of these studies is the development of a removal trapping strategy which utilizes efficient attractant baited traps.