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Control of Chironomid Midges (Diptera: Chironomidae) in Urban Retention Basins

 ABSTRACT: Chironomid midges are important members in aquatic invertebrate communities, and they play a critical role in sustaining the trophic web and in depleting the organic material from their habitats. However, the midges can be a great public nuisance when they appear in excessively large numbers. They are a significant allergens for people with bronchial asthma and other allergic disorders. In response to complaints of large numbers of fly insects (midges) from the general public in Ontario, CA, initial samplings of larval and adult midges were conducted. Control efficacy of immature stages of midges in water with an insect growth regulator, diflubenzuron (Dimilin® 25W), was evaluated. Excellent control was achieved when this formulation was applied at 16 oz per acre.


Evaluation of Mini Resting Box for Mosquito Collections

ABSTRACT: A mini resting box was constructed using a polyethylene planter box and used to evaluate collection of adult mosquitoes in the field from 2011 to 2012. The compactness and durability of the mini resting box enables it to be easily deployed as an auxiliary tool to EVS and gravid traps in mosquito population monitoring and West Nile Virus surveillance. 

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Rapid Screening For Sentinel Chicken Seroconversons Against Arboviruses

ABSTRACT. A novel test procedure can screen seroconversions in sentinel chickens with the commercially available VecTestH designed to detect viral antigens, such as West Nile virus. The test requires minimum laboratory equipment and skills, and provides qualitative results in about 45 min, which are immediately available to vector control agencies for making decisions to manage mosquito populations in order to interrupt arbovirus transmission.