Public attention recently has focused on Zika, but other mosquito vectored diseases are on the rise. The island of Hawaii is currently experiencing a drastic increase in dengue: over 250 cases since October 2015. The 2008 recession caused budget problems for Hawaii and one of the casualties was mosquito control. As a consequence, they lacked enough mosquito control experts to detect the problem as it was rising. Now they are scrambling to catch up.
For disease control, planning is critical. Districts must identify mosquito breeding areas before the outbreak starts. If planning is not done in advance, the disease problem will continue to build while the necessary surveys are done and plans are made. The delay means being faced with a larger problem that may be more difficult to contain. The dollar cost saved by cuts to mosquito control can be quickly exceeded by the hospitalization and lost work costs of one outbreak. That cost is on top of the suffering caused by this painful disease.