The Asian Tiger Mosquito has been present in our country for over 15 years, during which time it has earned notoriety among millions of Italians and foreign tourists for its aggressiveness and the irritation caused by its bites. It is evident that the results achieved thus far through collective efforts to combat this mosquito are insufficient to guarantee a good quality of life in infested areas.
Alongside these considerations, there are others of a biological nature which make the species in question a suitable target for the application of SIT technology (Sterile Insect Technique):
On an international scale renewed attention is being focused on the SIT strategy, applied both as a defence against agricultural pests and in the sphere of public health.
Over the years all aspects relevant for SIT strategy optimisation have been addressed. From a technological perspective the current state of the art may be summed up as follows:
The results show that the released sterile males are capable of mating with wild virgin females and induce sterility. However, at present the levels of sterility are too low to bring about a progressive suppression of the population and efforts are ongoing in order to improve males performances.