Initiative

Mosquito breeding restriction through citizen science

The Problem

Zika is a vector-borne disease transmitted mostly by the Aedes species of mosquito. These aggressive mosquitoes breed in or near bodies of water such as small puddles, ponds, lakes, or even aquatic plants. Many places outside the home such as flower pots, lawn toys, clogged gutters, or any type of container can hold enough water to provide a breeding site for these mosquitoes. It is recommended for residents to check their property for these containers and empty any that contain standing water.

Our Approach

We aim to help both residents and local government control mosquito populations by creating a system that can map potential mosquito breeding sites. Residents and government employees can download the free TAMU Zika app on their smart devices and answer a short survey about their current location. This survey asks the user to record the number of potential mosquito breeding sites such as puddles, bird baths, flower pots, toys, or trash at a location. The survey results are then uploaded to a database where the results are stored alongside other submissions from community members. From this database of survey data, we can create maps that show where large numbers of mosquito breeding sites are and take the appropriate measures to remove these breeding sites.

The Team

Dr. Jennifer Horney

Associate Professor

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Dr. Dan Goldberg

Assistant Professor

Geography

Aaron Harmon

Programmer Analyst

Geography