Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit
Title: Aedes albopictus: it's invasion, expansion of range, and the use of an area wide management project to control its population in the USA. Author
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 12, 2010
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Aedes albopictus invaded the U.S.A. between 1983-85. It has become a widely distributed nuisance pest. A n ARS-sponsored 5 year Area Wide Pest Management cooperative program between USDA-ARS, Mosquito and Fly Research Unit (Florida), Rutgers University (New Jersey) and Brandeis University (Massachusetts). The objective of this cooperative is to demonstrate an effective strategy for the area-wide control of the Asian tiger mosquito while demonstrating the public health importance and socio-economic benefits of the area-wide control approach. Technologies developed, implemented and found effective in New Jersey will be extended to end-users responsible for controlling the Ae. albopictus mosquito across the United States. Rutgers University has a long and revered tradition in the developing mosquito management and control strategies in the northeastern part of the country. Similarly, the MFRU has a long history in the development of novel strategies and approaches for surveying, controlling and protecting people from nuisance mosquitoes as well as those that transmit pathogens. Economists from Brandeis University in Massachusetts will guide and direct studies of the benefits of the area-wide program. These three institutions will utilize their expertise and resources to focus on a mosquito species that causes severe problems for residents of many areas of the U.S.