York County mosquito control is dedicated to participating in research and development projects that benefit mosquito control in various ways, such as cost effectiveness, increased efficacy, or in developing greener pest control options. We are currently researching:
Attractive Toxic Sugar Bait (ATSB) – York County has partnered with two other localities to test the effectiveness of an all-natural mosquito control product. This is a minimum of a two year study. This product has been successfully used in drier climates but not yet in areas that receive moderate to high amounts of rainfall. We are not sure that we will be able to use it effectively in Virginia. The product contains a sugar to bait the mosquitoes in. It also contains garlic, which is the active ingredient and is toxic to mosquitoes. If we find that this product can successfully be used in this area, it would be an ideal option to control mosquitoes in environmentally sensitive areas or in residential areas where pesticides are not desired.
Mosquito Trap Study – In the summer of 2014, mosquito control staff participated in a study to determine which type of mosquito trap may be more effective in capturing Aedes albopictus, the Fay Prince or BG Sentinel trap. The results of this study will help us to improve our trapping methods for this species, which is an important vector for most of the mosquito borne illnesses in this area.
Mosquito Repellent Plant study – In the summer of 2014, staff cultivated over 20 different varieties of plants known for their mosquito repellent qualities. We are currently studying how effective these plants may be when used as personal insect repellents. We are also studying which plant varieties may be most effective in repelling mosquitoes. We plan to be studying the benefits and uses of these plants for several years. As we compile data, this information will be made available to our citizens.