Mosquitoes and the urban environment : towards establishing a more sustainable planning framework for the control of mosquitoes and the health threats they may pose
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This paper delves into the issue of mosquito control strategies through an examination of present day issues and evaluates literature on administrative, technical, regulatory and professional practices involved in reducing exposure to mosquito borne diseases and how are their strategies tailored to specific contexts. The main issue that this paper will attempt to address is the development of a more sustainable framework for the control of mosquitoes and their respective health threats. In order to accomplish this, an examination is conducted with stakeholders involved in public health and mosquito control at local, state and national levels who can comment on their activities with authority. A list of interview questions tailored to different groups of stakeholders is utilized with the intent of eliciting data that answer to my research questions. Through this process, I am able to examine the current processes that are in use within such organizations and determine whether they are efficient, forward thinking and effective in addressing the myriad issues involved in proper mosquito control when compared to current literature on the subject. It is expected that through this paper, a better understanding of the current mosquito control processes within L.A. and Houston will be developed resulting in the creation of better practices as a direct result of the investigation.