Sterile Insect Techniques

California mosquito and vector control agencies work to control mosquitoes to prevent the spread of serious diseases and protect people from their painful and itchy bites. Invasive Aedes mosquitoes are harder to control because they have become resistant to commonly used insecticides. Also, these mosquitoes often lay their eggs in small water sources in people’s front yards, backyards, and patios — areas where mosquito control agencies can’t easily inspect. 

New methods to control invasive Aedes, such as Sterile Insect Techniques, are needed more than ever to protect the health and well-being of Californians. Invasive Aedes mosquitoes are not from California, so they don’t have a place in our natural ecosystem. Reducing or controlling these mosquitoes will not harm insect-eating animals that are native to California. 

Learn more about how Sterile Insect Techniques (SIT) work and why they are an important option for mosquito control experts to have in controlling invasive Aedes mosquitoes:  Click here