Five Years of Mosquito Control in Northern Greece
A total of 8500 hectares were treated with larvicides against several species of mosquitoes in an area of 25 000 hectares of agricultural land with 11 500 hectares of Ramsar Convention-protected wetlands in the plain of Nestos (Prefecture of Kavala, northern Greece). Temephos, diflubenzuron and Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (de Barjac) were used as larvicides. Detailed ecological mapping of vegetation using geographic information systems (GIS) was used to predict potential breeding sites. This allowed a more environmentally-friendly application of insecticides resulting in only 77% of the area being treated using helicopter and ultra-light motorized aircraft. The results, as determined by personal interviews, are satisfactory: 98% considered the mosquito problem large or unbearable before the beginning of the control project while 67% considered it small or non-existent after its implementation.
KEYWORDS mosquito abatement, larviciding, Ochlerotatus caspius, mapping, GIS, aerial spraying
KeywordsCorn Europe Bacillus Turkey Malaria
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