Living With Window Screens

Mosquito Mouthparts

Mosquito Mouthparts

Dengue is a mosquito transmitted disease that causes great suffering among people in tropical areas where it is endemic. Research into a vaccine for dengue is ongoing, but one is still unavailable. Efforts to prevent dengue focus on controlling mosquito species that vector the disease and prevention of mosquito bites through the use of repellents and physical barriers. Historically, window screens have been a simple and effective tool against mosquito borne diseases. In the 1930s, programs to install screens on windows in the rural south of the US are credited with elimination of malaria in those areas. It is possible to impregnate netting with insecticides or repellents that can increase their effectiveness. Window and doorway screens made from netting are being tested in Mexico. Screens made of netting reduced the number of houses infested with Aedes aegypti (a dengue vector) and the numbers of mosquitoes per infested house. Physical barriers are a potentially low cost method of dengue reduction.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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