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Research in Medical & Engineering Sciences

Field Trial of New Technologies for Reducing Mosquito Populations in Bulloch County, Georgia, USA

  • Open or Close Thomas M Kollars1* and Bannie Hulsey2

    1Health Sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, USA

    2Crisp Academy, Cordele, GA, USA

    *Corresponding author: Thomas M Kollars, Health Sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, USA, Email: tkollars@liberty.edu

Submission: December 13, 2017; Published: February 28, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RMES.2018.04.000581

ISSN : 2576-8816
Volume4 Issue2

Abstract

Mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus pose an important health risk to residents and travelers to southeastern Georgia. There is an increasing threat of introduction of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika and dengue virus, into Georgia where susceptible mosquito species are present. A field trial of the ProVector Tube Applicator with Entobac D pesticide was conducted to determine if the system was effective in reducing mosquito populations in Bulloch County, located in southeastern Georgia. Within one month, there was a significant difference in reduction of mosquitoes in the test versus the control sites, 93% versus 1%, respectively. There was a significant reduction in the test but not the control every two weeks. Providing effective, inexpensive, safe and eco-friendly tools for officials and homeowners is necessary in the event local mosquito control is poorly funded.

Keywords: Public health; Zika; Pesticide; Vector control; Malaria

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