Bloodsucking arthropods and the diseases they transmit to humans and livestock have a pervasive influence on human populations and cultures. We are examining the human cultural and behavioral responses to mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropod vectors in less-developed and rural regions historically, and in the U.S. now (Kiviat 1994). An extensive literature survey and cultural-ecological analysis has been conducted (Kiviat, unpublished). Among the goals of this program are to facilitate alternatives to dependence on synthetic pesticides, and to devise environmentally sensitive options in monitoring and managing vector-borne diseases as well as more effective public education programs. In 2000, Hudsonia collaborated with the Dutchess County Department of Health to establish a county-wide program of surveillance for West Nile virus. Future projects may address influences of human-altered environments on vector populations, and methods for monitoring non-target impacts of mosquito control.
Kiviat, E. 1994. Mosquito ecology, and management of mosquitoes and people. News from Hudsonia 10(1):1-6.
Kiviat, E. Unpublished. Traditional protection against biting flies.
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