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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BITING ARTHROPODS: INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Title: Outcomes from the USDA/ARS area-wide project for management of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus

Authors
item Clark, Gary
item Fonseca, Dina -
item Shepard, Donald -
item Farajollahi, Ary -
item Healy, Sean -
item Halasa, Yara -
item Bartlett-Healy, Kristen -
item Unlu, Isik -
item Crepeau, Taryn -
item Marcombe, Sebastien -
item Xu, Jiawu -
item Kline, Daniel
item Gaugler, Randy -
item Strickman, Daniel

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 6, 2014
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, became established in the continental US in 1985 and now infests 30 states. In 2007 the USDA Agricultural Research Service funded an “area-wide” project focused on the management of this species. The project was a unique federal, state, local collaboration based at the Center for Vector Biology, Rutgers University in NJ. Carefully planned surveillance and control projects were implemented and evaluated in Mercer and Monmouth Counties by local mosquito control programs. A novel aspect of this project was a partnership with economists at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA to study the economics of local mosquito control programs and perform a cost-benefit analysis of an area-wide management program for the Asian tiger mosquito. Economists found that residents viewed mosquito control favorably and were willing to pay for enhanced mosquito control. Key results and tools are posted online at www.rci.rutgers.edu/~AWATM. The website contains a series of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and provides access to over 20 publications that have already resulted from this project. There are also downloadable teaching materials and resources for costing different control strategies, as well as information on how to access a fully characterized susceptible reference strain of Ae. albopictus for insecticide resistance studies. The intent is to extend experiences from this project to mosquito control programs in the US and internationally.

Last Modified: 9/22/2014
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