Mosquito Risk Assesment &
Mosquito Management Strategy Development
Why are mosquito risk assessments and management strategies required?
Mosquito populations associated with constructed and rehabilitated wetlands in Australia have the potential to cause serious nuisance biting impacts but also pose significant public health risks through the transmission of arboviruses (e.g. Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus). However, constructed and rehabilitated wetlands can play an important role in local ecosystems by providing important habitats for native flora and fauna as well as reducing the impacts of pollution. Mosquito management strategies should be, where possible, complementry to the overall objectives of wetland management.
An assessment of the risks associated with current and future mosquito populations will be crucial for the development of approriate mosquito management strategies for both constructed and rehabilitated wetlands. The minimisation of mosquito populations associated with a wetland will not only reduce the potential nuisance-biting and/or public health risks but will greatly improve the amenity of the wetland and surrounding areas.
In some cases, mosquitoes associated from nearby habitats may cause pest impacts in and around a constructed or rehabilitated wetlands and it is important that such a situation is quickly identified to prevent unnecessary insecticide or habitat modification interventions. If a "mosquito problem" is identified, mosquito control in the closest wetland is not always the most effective course of action.
What services can the Department of Medical Entomology provide?
The Department of Medical Entomology (Sydney West Area Health Service) can provide a range services to assist the assessment of mosquito risk and/or the development of site-specific mosquito management strategies. Prof. Richard Russell and Dr. Cameron Webb have had extensive experience with mosquito risk assessment and mosquito management plan development in coastal and inland NSW as well as elsewhere in Australia and overseas. Their research has been published in peer reviewed scientific journals and results presentated at local and international scientific meetings. Prof Russell and Dr Webb are regularly engaged to make presentations to working groups, training courses and university programs to inform professional wetland managers and public health officials, as well as students and the general public, on current mosquito risk and management issues.
Situations where such services may be required include:
What are some of the key projects?
The Department of Medical Entomology has been engaged on a wide range of short-term and long-term projects requiring mosquito risk assessment, mosquito management strategy development and mosquito population monitoring.
Key projects include:
Can I contact Medical Entomology to discuss a project?
Dr Cameron Webb should be contacted to discuss any aspect of a project that may require potential mosquito issues to be addressed.
Dr. Cameron Webb
Phone: +61 02 9845 7548
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