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Sterile Insect Techniques

Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is an environmentally friendly insect control method which involves the mass rearing and sterilization of male mosquitoes followed by selective releases into designated areas. The males mate with wild female mosquitoes resulting in no offspring and a significant decline in mosquito populations. SIT was first developed in the USA and has been used successfully for more than 60 years by many agencies for a variety of insects including screwworms, moths, fruit flies and other agricultural pests.