Date of Award

Spring 2006

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Eric Howington


There are many factors that contribute to mosquito breeding and the possible spread of mosquito-borne diseases, so it is important to consider all of them in order to have an effective control program. These factors include differing control methods, vector competence, habitat selection and breeding preference. Statistical analyses will be performed to compare the larval presence between natural and man-made habitats, and also to make comparisons between the locations of the sites. Spatial analyses will be performed to display the difference in distribution of the larval habitats, as well as showing the proximity of these different sites to residential areas. The overall purpose of this study is to show whether the mosquito species identified as competent vectors of West Nile Virus breed more heavily in man-made or natural habitats, and whether there is a difference in the proximity of man-made or natural habitats to residential areas. It is hypothesized that man-made sites will produce more mosquitoes than natural sites, and that man-made sites will be located closer to residential areas.