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Modelling factors that affect the presence of larval mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in stormwater drainage systems to improve the efficacy of control programmes

  • Michael J. Jackson (a1), Jennifer L. Gow (a1), Michelle J. Evelyn (a1), T.J. Scott McMahon (a1), Harlan Campbell (a1), Jennifer Sheppard (a1), Tim J. Howay (a1), Disa Fladmark (a1) and Aynsley Thielman (a1)...

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Stormwater catch basins form part of artificial drainage systems in urban areas and can provide larval habitat for mosquito vector species of West Nile virus (WNv), such as Culex pipiens Linnaeus (Diptera: Culicidae). We evaluated the impact of management techniques and targeted applications of larvicide on larval populations of this potential WNv mosquito vector species in catch basins from the Lower Mainland of Vancouver and on Vancouver Island of British Columbia, Canada. A mixed effects logistic regression model described the relationship between larval presence and larvicide treatment while controlling for other parameters. Parameter estimates showed that larvicide treatment reduced the odds of larvae presence by a factor of ∼7.23. The model also revealed relationships between larval presence and water temperature and adjacent land use but larvicide treatment consistently reduced the presence of larvae regardless of these other factors. This knowledge can now be used to prioritise and target control efforts to most efficiently reduce WNv mosquito vector populations, and most effectively reduce the risk of WNv transmission to humans. A similar research strategy could be applied to emerging threats from other potential mosquito vectors of disease around the world, to help lower the incidence of mosquito-borne disease.

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Modelling factors that affect the presence of larval mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in stormwater drainage systems to improve the efficacy of control programmes

  • Michael J. Jackson (a1), Jennifer L. Gow (a1), Michelle J. Evelyn (a1), T.J. Scott McMahon (a1), Harlan Campbell (a1), Jennifer Sheppard (a1), Tim J. Howay (a1), Disa Fladmark (a1) and Aynsley Thielman (a1)...

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