Mosquito abundance and distribution have been related to the occurrence of human diseases. Understanding the habitat requirements of the larvae of disease-carrying mosquitoes can help to reduce the potential for disease transmission. Aedes albopictus (Skuse), Culex pipiens (Linnaeus) and Aedes vexans (Meigen) are disease-carrying mosquitoes. Larval mosquitoes were collected from 1994–2003 from a broad range of habitats in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Relationships were explored between natural, built and human demographic variables by means of principal component analysis (PCA), chi-square goodness of fit and linear regression to formulate an equation that calculates habitat suitability for these species. A suitability matrix was constructed for each species with ArcGIS. Ae. albopictus was found in greatest association with human populations and residential areas. Cx. pipiens suitability was closely linked to human populations and built environmental characteristics. Ae. vexans was associated with less developed settings further from dense human populations.
|School:||University of Louisville|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ecology, Organismal biology, Geography|
|Keywords:||Aedes albopictus, Aedes vexans, Culex pipiens|
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