Talk:Mosquito control

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Is this a good alinea?[edit]

Furthermore, genetic modification can also be a possible method, here you can divide it in two categories: males that will reproduce, but will make their children infertile. The other method is to change the genes of the mosquito's in such way that they won't be carriers anymore of diseases like malaria or dengue. This method however involves more risk, because humans could be occurring allergic reactions to the stings of the modified mosquito's.

I would love to see it in there, but it maybe needs a little more citations and needs to be rewritten a little bit, thanks in advance if you would be able to do it for me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:44, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

Was "Complete rewrite needed", now "Needs more, especially on developing world issues..."[edit]

To my mind, this article is currently too regionally specific, and also has priorities very much at odds with those of major authorities on the subject, such as the WHO. I'm going to attempt a clean-up myself, but further input would be appreciated Procrastinator supreme 15:45, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

What priorities are at odds with WHO? Squamate 16:00, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

Well, for one thing, we've got "disease control" coming in at third place. Surely it has to be the main reason for mosquito control in most of the world. Also, why does malaria get such a late mention in the list of diseases, with much less common diseases which happen to occur in the US coming first? Procrastinator supreme 08:08, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

The list of mosquito-related problems wasn't written in any order of priority. Neither was the list mosquito-borne pathogens. Perhaps someone is reading more into those lists than is there; no attempt was made to exclude other regions of the world. It may just be, just maybe, that the people who contributed those sections to the article work in the United States or Europe and didn't want to write about topics with which they had very little experience. Remember, assume good faith. Squamate 19:17, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

Oh, yeah -- malaria is mentioned in the third line of the article, ahead of any other mosquito-borne disease. Squamate 19:18, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, bad day. Still think this needs work, though, but I'll tone down the comments at the top. Procrastinator supreme 13:12, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

Agreed - the article needs a lot more work. You're right about one thing, though; it is too regionally specific. But we all do what we can, right? As the article stands now, it can probably serve as a good starting point for a section entitled, "Mosquito Control In The United States". Australia, Canada, and Europe should be included, as well as Asian and African countries, and various Caribbean islands. Mexico and Central and South America, too. Squamate 17:39, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

That seems like a good idea - we could put almost all of the content here under the heading you suggest. Also, it's probably worth looking at the rather better section on Mosquito Control under the Mosquito article. Maybe we should suggest moving some of that content over here... Procrastinator supreme 05:34, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

That sounds like a good idea. There's no reason to have two pages with essentially the same content. Squamate 13:54, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

I would like to now the importance of mosquitos on earth, We're constantly thinking of the cons about having mosquitos and not the pros. That would be interesting. If you dont think it is worht writing about then email me at because i would still like to know Destiny Drop Out 7:32, October 23 2006(UTC) Who cares

There's no mention here or on the main Mosquito article about (I think) CDC attempts to breed mosquitoes that cannot be infected with malaria or other diseases, and thus reducing their harm. I tried to find an article to reference, but couldn't. Belltower 19:50, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

There's also an article on Mosquito Lasers that seems highly related to this topic, but isn't even linked. Belltower (talk) 05:36, 14 October 2012 (UTC)


The section Mosquito#Mosquito control and integrated mosquito management should be merged with this article (leaving only a brief section there with a {{main}} tage directing here). they obviously cover the same topic, and it does warrant a separate article. --Singkong2005 talk 20:58, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I disagree. They may be the same topic and everything, but there is far too much details on the mosquito itself already. Merging that article with this one will only damage the size.
  • Apparently, mosquito control is good on its own, with many fine details and broad information. Colonel Marksman 21:21, 12 September 2006 (UTC)


    • In case there was a misunderstanding by the first person who commented... information on the mosquito would stay at mosquito; that article would then have just a small section on mosquito control with a {{main}} tag note saying main article: Mosquito control. --Singkong2005 · talk 02:54, 21 November 2006 (UTC)


It looks like someone deleted some references from the list at the bottom of the page. Squamate 22:39, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

Ranking the effectiveness of methods[edit]

Recently the use of indoor spraying has received a lot of attention. Does it now rank up there with taking anti-malarial drugs, or what?

And is this the right place for malaria eradication campaigns, or should I be in vector control? (Sounds like a video game add-on ;-) --Uncle Ed 18:57, 1 December 2007 (UTC)


I've moved some stuff from Mosquito that belongs here to a temporary "Merge" section. I'm working on it to eliminate duplication and blend what's useful, so I'm asking for patience. Swanny18 (talk) 14:41, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

OK, done Swanny18 (talk) 15:18, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

Photo date[edit]

The photo of the man spraying DDT included in this article has a caption: "In 1958, the National Malaria Eradication Program implemented the wide-scale use of DDT for mosquito control." However, the National Malaria Eradication Program ran from 1947 thru 1951. Valerius Tygart (talk) 20:26, 26 February 2011 (UTC)


There is a very important omission, Bti. You can not in all honesty make a risk to benefit analysis on the subject of mosquito control without discussing <Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis>. It is a major logic flaw. The assertion that DDT risks are outweighed by the benefits assumes there isn't a more effective and safer alternative. Since there is an alternative and it is being commercially produced for mosquito control, it needs to be mentioned in this section. ( (talk) 06:38, 22 December 2012 (UTC))