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Insects 2016, 7(4), 50; doi:10.3390/insects7040050

Research Contributing to Improvements in Controlling Florida’s Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Diseases

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Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida, IFAS, 200 9th St. SE, Vero Beach, FL 32962, USA
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Indian River Mosquito Control District, Vero Beach, Florida, USA
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Manatee County Mosquito Control District, Palmetto, Florida, USA
Academic Editor: Brian T. Forschler
Received: 18 August 2016 / Revised: 21 September 2016 / Accepted: 23 September 2016 / Published: 28 September 2016
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Research on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases has contributed to improvements in providing effective, efficient, and environmentally proper mosquito control. Florida has benefitted from several research accomplishments that have increased the state’s mosquito control capabilities. Research with Florida’s mosquitoes has resulted in the development of ecologically sound management of mosquito impoundments on Florida’s east coast. This strategy, called Rotational Impoundment Management (RIM), has improved the ability to target the delivery of pesticides and has helped to reduce non-target effects and environmental damage. Research has led to the development of an arbovirus surveillance system which includes sentinel chicken surveillance, real time use of environmental contributing factors like meteorology and hydrology to target mosquito control, as well as public health efforts to mitigate disease outbreaks to areas with risk of disease. These research driven improvements have provided substantial benefits to all of Florida. More research is needed to meet the future challenges to reduce emerging pathogens like Zika virus and the consequences of environmental changes like global climate change that are likely to influence the effects of mosquito-borne pathogens on human health and well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: mosquito control; Rotational Impoundment Management; adulticiding; arbovirus surveillance mosquito control; Rotational Impoundment Management; adulticiding; arbovirus surveillance
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Tabachnick, W.J. Research Contributing to Improvements in Controlling Florida’s Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Diseases. Insects 2016, 7, 50.

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