Productive container types for Aedes aegypti immatures in Mérida, México.

Autor(es): García-Rejón Julian E; López-Uribe Mildred P; Loroño-Pino María Alba; Farfán-Ale José Arturo; Del Najera-Vazquez Maria Rosario; Lozano-Fuentes Saul; Beaty Barry J; Eisen Lars

Resumo: During 2007-2010, we examined which container types in Mérida, México, are most productive for Aedes aegypti (L.) immatures. Surveys for mosquito immatures followed routine surveillance methodology and container type classifications used by Servicios de Salud de Yucatán. Our main findings were that (1) small and larger discarded containers that serve no particular purpose and therefore can be removed from the environment contribute strongly to larval and pupal production in Mérida, and (2) the importance of different container types can vary among sets of residential premises as well as between dry and wet periods. These results may help to guide future implementation in Mérida of control efforts that target the most productive container types for Ae. aegypti immatures. Furthermore, if the Patio Limpio cleanup campaign that currently is ongoing in Mérida proves successful in removing discarded containers as important immature development sites, then we should see dramatic changes in the most productive container types in the future as the mosquito is forced to switch to other container types, which perhaps also will be easier to include in highly targeted mosquito control interventions.

Palavras-Chave: Aedes aegypti; Immatures; Productive container types; México

Imprenta: Journal of Medical Entomology, v. 48, n. 3, p. 644-650, 2011

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1603/ME10253

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Public health

Data de publicação: 2011