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School Community Mosquito IPM Webinar Report

This mosquito IPM webinar is the first webinar in a series hosted by EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM. The webinar was held on August 20, 2014.

View the webinar presentation as a PowerPoint or PDF from the School Community Mosquito IPM webinar section. We do not have a recording of the webinar available. For more information on any topic, please contact the presenters, listed below. We have also provided responses to questions and related resources below.

On this page:


  • Michael Merchant (, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • Joseph Conlon (, American Mosquito Control Association
  • Marcia Anderson (, Ph.D., US EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM

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Responses to Questions / Comments

  1. I did not get questions and answers at the end. Due to audio issues, the question and answer portion of the webinar was eliminated. 
    You can submit additional questions to School IPM (

  2. If the United States’ President and Congress had the will-power and unlimited money…Is there a consensus among the three panelists as to a single solution which would rid (not control) the United States of mosquitos so we can enjoy the outdoors after sunset?
    It is understood the eradication process may take years to take hold. Controlling harmful mosquitoes while protecting the environment is an ongoing challenge. Currently, there is limited technology to rid our cities of all harmful mosquitoes while preserving beneficial insects and wildlife. Also, despite the pest status of a few bad species, mosquitoes play a vital role in the food chain. They and their larval stages feed countless predators and are a key part of our ecosystems.

  3. That ornamental pond that you showed in the school yard would actually be a prime site for mosquito-eating fish.
    Yes, it would. Good observation.

  4. What are the symptoms of the CNS disease?
    Because this webinar focused on the management of mosquitoes, we are unable to provide an answer to your question. For more information on mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Centers for Disease Control of Prevention’s Mosquito-Borne Disease.

  5. Where can we learn more about cycloid copepods, including where to obtain them in Oregon and Washington? 
    Cope.pods are available through numerous mail order sites. Find them by searching the internet for “freshwater copepods for sale.”

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For more on copepods, breeding and mosquito control refer to these resources:

  • University of New Hampshire Center for Freshwater Biology Copepod Information. 
  • University of Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. Biological Control of Larvae Using CopepodsExit
  • Marten, G.G., G. Borjas, M. Cush, E. Ferndndez & J.W. Reid, 1994. Control of larval Ae. aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) by cyclopoid copepods in peridomestic breeding containers. J. Med. Entomol. 31: 36-44.
  • Marten, G.G., Bordes, E.S., Nguyen, M., Hydrobiologia. 2921293: 491-496, 1994. F.D. Ferrari & B.P. Bradley (eds), Ecology and Morphology of Copepods.
  • Marten, G.G., & Reid, J. W. 2007. Cyclopoid Copepods. AMCA Bulletin 23(2):65-92.
  • Marten, G.G., 1990a. Issues in the development of Cyclops for mosquito control. Arbovirus Res. Australia 5: 159-164.
  • Marten, G.G., Cush, M., Fernandez E., Borjas G., Portillo H., 1992. Mesocyclops longisetus and other forms of biological control for Aedes aegypti larvae in the Integrated Dengue Control Project, El Progreso HondurasExit In "Dengue-a worldwide problem, a common strategy". Proceedings of an International Conference on Dengue and Aedes aegypti community-based control. Published by the Mexican Ministry of Health and Rockefeller Foundation. pp. 133-137.
  • Rey, J. and O'Connell. S., Rearing Copepods for Mosquito Control.
  • RiviBre, F., Y. Sdchan & B. H. Kay, 1987a. The evaluation of predators for mosquito control in French Polynesia. Arbovirus Res. Australia 4: 150-154.
  • Sudrez, M.F., G.G. Marten & G.C. Clark, 1992. A simple method for cultivating freshwater copepods used in biological control of Ae. aegypti. J. Am. Mosq. Control Assoc. 8: 409-412.
  • Kral, G. To Fight Mosquitoes, NYC and NJ Try Tiny CrustaceansExit Metrofocus. July 11, 2012.

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Upcoming School IPM Webinars

We welcome your participation in our upcoming webinars and ask you to encourage your peers to attend. These presentations are geared specifically to school and school district facility managers, buildings and grounds managers and staff, childcare facility managers, and school IPM practitioners. School nurses, school administrators, health officials, and pest management professionals are welcome to attend.

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