IMBY: Using Citizen Science to Fight Mosquitoes In My Back Yard

Through the use of a simple trap that will kill egg-laying mosquitoes and the participation of a few of one’s neighbors, people can get a handle on the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus. The numbers of this significant nuisance and potential public health mosquito decreased significantly through this action, according to a recently published report on  “Neighbors help neighbors control urban mosquitoes.” Often, public education regarding what people can do in their own backyards towards mosquito control is not fully successful. But the Citizen Action approach can solve problems difficult issues with a straightforward approach.

Learn more about citizen science here: The Maryland Project , The Center for Vector Biology’s Information for the Maryland Project and basic concepts about citizen science.

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