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Research Project: Deployed Warfighter Protection Research Program (FY 2017)

Location: European Biological Control Laboratory

Project Number: 0212-22000-027-016-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

The main objective of this project is to with testing the efficacy of currently available vector management practices that target different behaviors of the adult stages of sand flies and mosquitoes in the field.

We will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of 1) aerosol applications/space sprays (ULV) for the control for the flying adults while seeking for a blood meal, 2) applications of adult-targeted sugar baits (ATSB) formulations targeting vectors as they as searching for a sugar source and/or 3) residual applications of insecticides targeting the resting adults. The research will be conducted at two sites in Greece that are 1) big enough to resemble realistic conditions but small enough to provide a semi-controlled environment, 2) face a severe infestation of the target insect pest (worst case scenario) so that significant impact of the control interventions can be portrayed, and 3) are isolated from other target-pest producing facilities so that insect infiltration from other non-treated areas is minimized.. These test sites are medium size animal facilities (kennels) with high sand fly and mosquito nuisance levels. Treatments will be conducted from May-September when vector populations are in abundance. If pyrethroid treatments show little or no effect to local populations, we will test the local vector populations for insecticide resistance status utilizing standard methodologies (CDC bottle bioassay).