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Mozzies in Your Backyard: Friends or Foe?

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This is a National Science Week funded project to showcase all the wonderful and exciting citizen science projects occurring in Australia that are helping combat the nuisance and public health risks presented by exotic Aedes mosquitoes. These mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, transmit diseases like dengue, Zika and Chikungunya viruses and can pose a physical nuisance to residents. The Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is even commonly referred to as the “barbeque killer.” We must save our beloved barbeques and keep these mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit out of Australia.

The showcased projects include Zika Mozzie Seeker (Metro South Public Health), STEM Champion Mozzie Hunters (QIMR-Berghofer), the Mozzie Augmented Reality project (QUT Brisbane) and the Mozzie Monitors Project (University of South Australia). Each of these projects is unique and share the common aim of encouraging residents to participant in exotic mosquito control and surveillance throughout Australia.

Please explore the individual project pages on our website to learn more about these pesky mosquitoes and how everyday people can play a vital role in reducing the risk of invasion by becoming a citizen scientist.