Mosquito control in temperate latitudes.
Climate change and globalisation considerably alter the spatial distribution of species. They may promote invasions of vector-borne diseases in areas previously unaffected, which emphasises the importance of mosquito control worldwide.
With our research we aim to develop efficient as well as ecologically safe strategies for mosquito control. Usage of insecticides should be minimized in order to save the environment and to prevent the spreading of resistances. Therefore we focus on the effects of natural antagonists, such as competitors or predators, on mosquito larvae and their population dynamics.
Our research comprises (i) the characterisation of mosquito breeding sites in wetlands of different climatic regions, (ii) studies on the impact of chemical treatments (pesticides) on mosquito larvae and associated non-target communities, and (iii) the development of integrated strategies for mosquito control (e.g. natural competitors as biological control agents in combination with insecticides). Special emphasis is given to indirect and long-term processes as they are important for resurgence and secondary outbreaks.
Mosquito control has vital public health, economic and environmental impacts. The development of guidance and strategies and the provision of recommendations and support to decision-makers and practitioners are relevant for the sustainable management of water bodies and efficient mosquito control practices.