Suppression and Elimination of an Island Population of Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus with Sterile Males

Science  12 Jun 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3937, pp. 1368-1369
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3937.1368


The release of 8,400 to 18,000 males per day of Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus Say which had been exposed to a sterilizing agent (thiotepa), suppressed and eliminated an indigenous population of this mosquito on an island off the coast of Florida in a 10-week period. Sterile males were effective in seeking out and mating with females on the island.