Student Symposium: Alternatives to Chemical Control of Insects: Current Status of the Use of Predators, Pathogens and Parasites for the Control of Mosquitoes

Holck, Alan R.

Abstract


The control of mosquito populations with predators, pathogens and parasites is discussed. Fish and canabalistic mosquitoes offer the greatest potential as mosquito predators. Bacterial pathogens such as Bacillus thuringiensis var israelensis and B. sphaericus along with the fungal pathogens Coelomomyces spp., Culicinomyces clavosporus, and Lagenidium giganteum are also discussed. The parasites of mosquitoes are limited, but the parasitic nematode Romanomermis culicivorax is discussed.

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