Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit
Title: Summary of lessons learned from USDA-ARS Area-Wide Asian Tiger Mosquito Management Project Authors
|Fonesca, Dina -|
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 28, 2013
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, is the principal vector of chikungunya and a critical vector of dengue viruses. This daytime biting pest is now distributed over much of the eastern quadrant of the continental U.S. all the way north to coastal New York, and often causes the majority of service requests from urban and suburban residents in New Jersey (NJ) and many other states and nations where it has spread. Our objective was to develop an effective strategy for the area-wide control of Ae. albopictus, while demonstrating the public health importance and socio-economic benefits of the area-wide control approach. The project was initiated in the spring of 2008 in two counties in NJ and after 5 years we have tested multiple control and educational interventions, as well as gauged public interest, public participation, and overall costs. We have also partnered with mosquito control programs in other affected states to extend our findings. We have also examined baseline levels of insecticide resistance and the genetic homogeneity of US populations of Ae. albopictus. We will highlight major findings, lessons learned, and what there is still to do in the development of Integrated Management strategies for the Asian tiger mosquito.