When asked what the biggest benefit was to conducting insecticide resistance monitoring and management, Dennis responded: “Being proactive with resistance management allows you to see the beginnings of tolerance and resistance in area mosquitoes. Without this knowledge, you might be inclined to continue with your current practices blindly without realizing that you are even having a resistance problem.”
Challenges to Resistance Monitoring and Advice to Get Started
When asked about the challenges that might prevent someone from starting their own resistance monitoring program, his response was very optimistic. It’s nothing that most programs can’t handle!
“Implementation of a resistance management plan is really very affordable. The initial outlay for supplies is minimal and should not be an obstacle for most programs, and each test only takes a few hours to run. It should be viewed as a necessity instead of a luxury.”
Through the years, increasing amounts of attention have been paid to insecticide resistance. Now that more and more places are regularly monitoring for it, we understand more clearly than ever just how widespread the problem is. The problem of insecticide resistance demands that we respond to it, otherwise, the efficacy of our limited chemical toolbox will steadily decline until they are no longer a viable option.
With more resources being dedicated to insecticide resistance monitoring, it’s the easiest it’s ever been to start monitoring for resistance. The CDC offers CDC bottle bioassay kits for free and have extensive training resources on how to get started. Once you have an idea of what your local mosquito population’s resistance profile looks like, you can begin to expand your testing capabilities and respond in a way that improves the efficacy of your efforts. Dennis also said, “I would advise to reach out to other Districts for help. Chances are that a nearby program is already doing these things and I would wager that they would provide a willing resource to help get you started.”