Entomology and Pest Management
Mapping Pest Populations: Recording Data for Historical Record and Future Use
GIS Pest Mapping example: Fort A.P. Hill Mosquito Breeding Map.
FORT A.P. HILL MOSQUITO BREEDING AREA MAP
In support of the 2005 Boy Scout Jamboree, five pre-Jamboree surveillance/treatment teams combed the Jamboree area to look for, treat, map, and categorize potential mosquito breeding sites. Georeferencing their findings has several advantages. Those areas which could be eliminated by draining or filling were identified and mapped so that permanent corrective action can be taken at a latter date when time and resources become available. Should heavy rains result in the need to retreat sites, then the Jamboree support crews (who were different from the pre-Jamboree surveillance teams) could navigate directly to the breeding sites without the time consuming search done by the categorization team. In 4 years, when preparation for the next Jamboree is underway and all new teams are charged with the pre-Jamboree surveillance/treatment, the data from the 2005 survey can be used to plan and guide the effort much more efficiently. By mapping their findings, the surveillance/treatment teams have insured that their efforts will continue to serve a purpose through the upcoming years as opposed to having those efforts limited to just one point in time.