Special Issue "Mosquito Control"

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A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. C. Roxanne Connelly (Website)

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida/IFAS, 200 9th St. SE, Vero Beach, FL 32962, USA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Contemporary mosquito control includes strong surveillance-based programs, use of biological control, source reduction as a first choice, improved targeted applications for control of adult mosquitoes, an increased focus on larviciding, and specific biology-based control methods. Within the last 50 years, dengue has become a global problem, and more recently, chikungunya epidemics have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and the Americas. Dengue and chikungunya viruses are vectored by the container mosquito species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. This special issue will include original research articles and reviews by medical entomologists, mosquito biologists, and mosquito control managers. Articles will focus on the biology and ecology of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, and on modern methods for the control of container mosquitoes.

Prof. Dr. C. Roxanne Connelly
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • mosquito control;
  • integrated mosquito management;
  • source reduction of mosquitoes;
  • Aedes aegypti biology and/or control;
  • Aedes albopictus biology and/or control

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Open AccessArticle Dengue in Florida (USA)
Insects 2014, 5(4), 991-1000; doi:10.3390/insects5040991
Received: 30 October 2014 / Revised: 4 December 2014 / Accepted: 9 December 2014 / Published: 16 December 2014
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Florida (USA), particularly the southern portion of the State, is in a precarious situation concerning arboviral diseases. The geographic location, climate, lifestyle, and the volume of travel and commerce are all conducive to arbovirus transmission. During the last decades, imported dengue cases [...] Read more.
Florida (USA), particularly the southern portion of the State, is in a precarious situation concerning arboviral diseases. The geographic location, climate, lifestyle, and the volume of travel and commerce are all conducive to arbovirus transmission. During the last decades, imported dengue cases have been regularly recorded in Florida, and the recent re-emergence of dengue as a major public health concern in the Americas has been accompanied by a steady increase in the number of imported cases. In 2009, there were 28 cases of locally transmitted dengue in Key West, and in 2010, 65 cases were reported. Local transmission was also reported in Martin County in 2013 (29 cases), and isolated locally transmitted cases were also reported from other counties in the last five years. Dengue control and prevention in the future will require close cooperation between mosquito control and public health agencies, citizens, community and government agencies, and medical professionals to reduce populations of the vectors and to condition citizens and visitors to take personal protection measures that minimize bites by infected mosquitoes. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Comparing Aedes vigilax Eggshell Densities in Saltmarsh and Mangrove Systems with Implications for Management
Insects 2014, 5(4), 984-990; doi:10.3390/insects5040984
Received: 16 October 2014 / Revised: 5 November 2014 / Accepted: 3 December 2014 / Published: 12 December 2014
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Aedes vigilax (Skuse), a nuisance and disease vector, is prolific in intertidal wetlands in Australia. Aedine mosquitoes oviposit directly onto substrate. The eggshells are relatively stable spatially and temporally, providing an estimate of mosquito larval production. The aims of the research were [...] Read more.
Aedes vigilax (Skuse), a nuisance and disease vector, is prolific in intertidal wetlands in Australia. Aedine mosquitoes oviposit directly onto substrate. The eggshells are relatively stable spatially and temporally, providing an estimate of mosquito larval production. The aims of the research were to compare, at a general level, oviposition in mangroves and saltmarshes, and to compare oviposition between different habitats within mangroves and saltmarshes. The results indicated that there were no significant differences between production in mangrove and saltmarsh overall. However, within each system there were significant differences between habitat classes, with mangrove hummocks being the most productive. All classes, except for fringing mangrove forests, produced sufficient densities of eggshells (>0.05/cc) to warrant concern. While mosquito production in mangroves is known, the significantly higher production rates in the mangrove hummock habitats had not been demonstrated. This warrants improved management strategies that both specifically target these parts of mangrove systems and, secondly, addresses the longer-term potential for mangrove hummock habitats developing in the future; such as, in response to sea level rise and mangrove encroachment into saltmarsh. A strategy to increase tidal flushing within the systems would improve water quality and mitigate adverse impacts while providing a source reduction outcome. Full article
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Open AccessReview Salivary Biomarkers in the Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Insects 2015, 6(4), 961-976; doi:10.3390/insects6040961
Received: 31 January 2015 / Revised: 15 June 2015 / Accepted: 14 September 2015 / Published: 17 November 2015
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Vector control remains the most effective measure to prevent the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. However, the classical entomo-parasitological methods used to evaluate the human exposure to mosquito bites and the effectiveness of control strategies are indirect, labor intensive, and lack sensitivity in [...] Read more.
Vector control remains the most effective measure to prevent the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. However, the classical entomo-parasitological methods used to evaluate the human exposure to mosquito bites and the effectiveness of control strategies are indirect, labor intensive, and lack sensitivity in low exposure/transmission areas. Therefore, they are limited in their accuracy and widespread use. Studying the human antibody response against the mosquito salivary proteins has provided new biomarkers for a direct and accurate evaluation of the human exposure to mosquito bites, at community and individual levels. In this review, we discuss the development, applications and limits of these biomarkers applied to Aedes- and Anopheles-borne diseases. Full article
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Open AccessReview Aedes aegypti Control Strategies in Brazil: Incorporation of New Technologies to Overcome the Persistence of Dengue Epidemics
Insects 2015, 6(2), 576-594; doi:10.3390/insects6020576
Received: 19 February 2015 / Revised: 1 June 2015 / Accepted: 2 June 2015 / Published: 11 June 2015
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Dengue is considered to be the most important mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, its vector, is highly anthropophilic and is very well adapted to urban environments. Although several vaccine candidates are in advanced stages of development no [...] Read more.
Dengue is considered to be the most important mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, its vector, is highly anthropophilic and is very well adapted to urban environments. Although several vaccine candidates are in advanced stages of development no licensed dengue vaccine is yet available. As a result, controlling the spread of dengue still requires that mosquitoes be targeted directly. We review the current methods of dengue vector control focusing on recent technical advances. We first examine the history of Brazil’s National Dengue Control Plan in effect since 2002, and we describe its establishment and operation. With the persistent recurrence of dengue epidemics, current strategies should be reassessed to bring to the forefront a discussion of the possible implementation of new technologies in Brazil’s mosquito control program. Full article
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Open AccessReview Fighting Arbovirus Transmission: Natural and Engineered Control of Vector Competence in Aedes Mosquitoes
Insects 2015, 6(1), 236-278; doi:10.3390/insects6010236
Received: 17 December 2014 / Revised: 18 February 2015 / Accepted: 10 March 2015 / Published: 23 March 2015
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Control of aedine mosquito vectors, either by mosquito population reduction or replacement with refractory mosquitoes, may play an essential role in the fight against arboviral diseases. In this review, we will focus on the development and application of biological approaches, both natural [...] Read more.
Control of aedine mosquito vectors, either by mosquito population reduction or replacement with refractory mosquitoes, may play an essential role in the fight against arboviral diseases. In this review, we will focus on the development and application of biological approaches, both natural or engineered, to limit mosquito vector competence for arboviruses. The study of mosquito antiviral immunity has led to the identification of a number of host response mechanisms and proteins that are required to control arbovirus replication in mosquitoes, though more factors influencing vector competence are likely to be discovered. We will discuss key aspects of these pathways as targets either for selection of naturally resistant mosquito populations or for mosquito genetic manipulation. Moreover, we will consider the use of endosymbiotic bacteria such as Wolbachia, which in some cases have proven to be remarkably efficient in disrupting arbovirus transmission by mosquitoes, but also the use of naturally occurring insect-specific viruses that may interfere with arboviruses in mosquito vectors. Finally, we will discuss the use of paratransgenesis as well as entomopathogenic fungi, which are also proposed strategies to control vector competence. Full article
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