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Sterile Insect Techniques

Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is an insect control method which involves the sterilization of male mosquitoes followed by selective releases of them into infected areas. Male mosquitoes do not bite or spread diseases to people. The sterile males mate with wild female mosquitoes, resulting in no offspring and a decline in biting female mosquitoes. SIT was first developed in the USA and has been used successfully here for more than 60 years by many agencies to control a variety of insects including screwworms, moths, fruit flies and other agricultural pests.

For additional information, see the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California website: MVCAC Innovative Technologies

Centers for Disease Control CDC Mosquito Control Sterilized Insect Technique