Citizen Science as a Tool for Mosquito Control

Rebecca C. Jordan, Amanda E. Sorensen, Shannon Ladeau

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Abstract

In this paper, we share our findings from a 2-year citizen science program called Mosquito Stoppers. This pest-oriented citizen science project is part of a larger coupled natural-human systems project seeking to understand the fundamental drivers of mosquito population density and spatial variability in potential exposure to mosquito-borne pathogens in a matrix of human construction, urban renewal, and individual behaviors. Focusing on residents in West Baltimore, participants were recruited through neighborhood workshops and festivals. Citizen scientists participated in yard surveys of potential mosquito habitat and in evaluating mosquito nuisance. We found that citizen scientists, with minimal education and training, were able to accurately collect data that reflect trends found in a comparable researcher-generated database.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Insect Science

Keywords

  • Aedes albopictus
  • citizen science
  • natural-human systems
  • public engagement

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