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Experimental comparison of aerial larvicides and habitat modification for controlling disease-carrying Aedes vigilax mosquitoes


de Little, SC and Williamson, GJ and Bowman, DMJS and Whelan, PI and Brook, BW and Bradshaw, CJA, Experimental comparison of aerial larvicides and habitat modification for controlling disease-carrying Aedes vigilax mosquitoes, Pest Management Science, 68, (5) pp. 709-717. ISSN 1526-498X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/ps.2317


Microbial and insect-growth-regulator larvicides dominate current vector control programmes because they reduce larval abundance and are relatively environmentally benign. However, their short persistence makes them expensive, andenvironmental manipulationof larval habitatmightbeanalternative controlmeasure. Aedesvigilax isamajor vector species in northern Australia. A field experiment was implemented in Darwin, Australia, to test the hypotheses that (1) aerial microbial larvicide application effectively decreases Ae. vigilax larval presence, and therefore adult emergence, and (2) environmental manipulation is an effective alternative control measure. Generalised linear and mixed-effects modelling and informationtheoretic comparisons were used to test these hypotheses. RESULTS: It is shown that the current aerial larvicide application campaign is effective at suppressing the emergence of Ae. vigilax, whereas vegetation removal is not as effective in this context. In addition, the results indicate that current larval sampling procedures are inadequate for quantifying larval abundance or adult emergence. CONCLUSIONS: This field-based comparison has shown that the existing larviciding campaign is more effective than a simple environmental management strategy for mosquito control. It has also identified an important knowledge gap in the use of larval sampling to evaluate the effectiveness of vector control strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:vector control; field experiments; larvicide; environmental management; Australia
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments
UTAS Author:Williamson, GJ (Dr Grant Williamson)
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:76659
Year Published:2012 (online first 2011)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2012-03-09
Last Modified:2017-11-13
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