Submitted to: Journal of the Mosquito Control Association
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: February 13, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Aedes albopictus is a newly introduced exotic mosquito that has rapidly spread in the United States and is a potential vector of several diseases of in humans. This study examines the adult production of this mosquitoes from tires in north central Florida and evaluates the effectiveness of 3 environmentally sensitive mosquito control agents. One agent was found to be ineffective while the others provided control for up to 4 months.
Technical Abstract: The production of adult Aedes albopictus from tires in north central Florida was monitored for 169 days by the daily removal of pupal exuviae. More than twice as many adults emerged from tires located in the shade (1.74 adults/ tire/day ) as opposed to tires in the sun (0.64 adults/tire/day). The effect of 3 different larvicides on the adult production of Ae. albopictus was evaluated. The fungal pathogen Lagenidium giganteum was ineffective. A liquid formulation of Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis (Acrobe(R)) provided significant control for 47 days while a slow release pellet formulation of the insect growth regulator methoprene (Altosid (R)) provided almost complete control for 116 days.