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Research Project: Biting Arthropod Surveillance and Control

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research

Title: Pesticide misting system enhances residual pesticide treatment of HESCO geotextile

Author
item Aldridge, Robert
item Britch, Seth
item Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken
item Golden, Frances
item DAO, THOMAS - Former ARS Employee
item RUSH, MATTIE - Former ARS Employee
item HOLT, KENNETH - Former ARS Employee
item WHITE, GREG - Coachella Valley Mosquito And Vector Control District
item GUTIERREZ, ARTURO - Coachella Valley Mosquito And Vector Control District
item SNELLING, MELISSA - Coachella Valley Mosquito And Vector Control District

Submitted to: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/9/2020
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Citation: Aldridge, R.L., Britch, S.C., Linthicum, K., Golden, F.V., Dao, T.T., Rush, M.J., Holt, K., White, G., Gutierrez, A., Snelling, M. 2020. Pesticide misting system enhances residual pesticide treatment of HESCO geotextile. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. 36(1):43-46. https://doi.org/10.2987/19-6897.1.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2987/19-6897.1

Interpretive Summary: Residual pesticide treatment of US military materials such as camouflage netting and HESCO blast wall geotextile is an effective way to reduce biting pressure within protected perimeters. However, residual treatments eventually wane and require retreatment in situ which may not be possible or practical in military scenarios. One solution is to install pesticide misting systems on treated perimeters which may additively enhance residual treatments and also gradually retreat perimeter material as misted pesticide settles. In this investigation we show that pesticide misting can extend efficacy of residual treatments on HESCO geotextile against mosquitoes and sand flies in a hot-arid desert environment by 1—2 weeks.

Technical Abstract: Residual pesticide treatment of US military materials such as camouflage netting and HESCO blast wall geotextile is an effective way to reduce biting pressure within protected perimeters. However, residual treatments eventually wane and require retreatment in situ which may not be possible or practical in military scenarios. One solution is to install pesticide misting systems on treated perimeters which may additively enhance residual treatments and also gradually retreat perimeter material as misted pesticide settles. In this investigation we show that pesticide misting can extend efficacy of residual treatments on HESCO geotextile against mosquitoes and sand flies in a hot-arid desert environment by 1—2 weeks.