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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 103, No. 6, 2008, pp. 619-621
Bioline Code: oc08113
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 103, No. 6, 2008, pp. 619-621

 en Ecological control of Triatoma dimidiata check for this species in other resources (Latreille, 1811): five years after a Costa Rican pilot project
Zeledó, Rodrigo; Rojas, Julio C; Urbina, Andrea; Cordero, Marlen; Gamboa, Sue H; Lorosa, Elias S & Alfaro, Sergio


An ecological pilot project for the control of Triatoma dimidiata check for this species in other resources allowed a new evaluation four and five years after environmental modifications in the peridomestic areas of 20 households. It was verified that the two groups of houses, 10 case-houses and 10 control-houses, were free of insects after those periods of time. In the first group, the owners started a chicken coop in the backyard and a colony of bugs was found there without infesting the house. In the second group, the inhabitants of one house once again facilitated the conditions for the bugs to thrive in the same store room, reaffirming that man-made ecotopes facilitates colonization. This ecological control method was revealed to be reliable and sustainable and it is recommended to be applied to those situations where the vectors of Chagas disease can colonize houses and are frequent in wild ecotopes.

Triatoma dimidiata - ecological control - Costa Rica

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