NEVBD Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Program

The Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases has established a pesticide resistance monitoring network covering the Northeastern region to support public health and mosquito control agencies in detecting pesticide resistance in mosquito populations.

This program offers two primary services to our network: specimen submissions to Cornell for testing and specimen collection kits. Please scroll below to learn more about these services.

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Position Announcement - Cornell University Seeking Postdoctoral Associate for Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Program

The Department of Entomology at Cornell University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position focused on pesticide resistance monitoring of mosquito and tick populations in the northeastern United States. The selected candidate will focus on determining the status and extent of resistance in the region through the NEVBD pesticide resistance monitoring program. In addition, the successful candidate may be involved in the evaluation of new insecticides and efficacy trials for the control of regional disease vectors.

This position is part of the CDC-funded NEVBD program, carrying many opportunities to interact with our leadership team and collaborators across the region. They will also work as part of a DOD-funded team focused on testing and developing methods for the control of the recently invasive Asian Longhorned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis).

Read the full position advertisement and apply today!


Specimen Submission to Cornell University for Testing:

If you’re interested in submitting specimens to Cornell University for resistance testing please follow the instructions below. We currently test Culex pipiens and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Submitting Mosquitoes

We have developed guidelines to ensure that your specimens arrive at the Cornell facilities alive and viable for testing. Please select the kit and guidelines for your species of interest.

How to submit mosquitoes you have already collected to the Cornell testing program:

  1. Read the Specimen Submission Kit form to decide if you need to order the submission kit, or if you can send your specimens using your own supplies.
  2. If supplies are needed, order the Specimen Submission Kit using the Kit Request Form below.
  3. Complete a Specimen Submission Form, following the instructions below.

Kit Request Form Aedes albopictus: Submission Kit & Guidelines Culex pipiens: Submission Kit & Guidelines


Ready to submit your specimens?

You must fill out the “Specimen Submission Form” before sending specimens to Cornell University for pesticide resistance testing. Once the form is completed please:

  1. Send one copy to James Burtis at jb766@cornell.edu
  2. Include a second copy in the package that you ship.

Specimen Submission Form

Rearing Guidelines and Resources

NEVBD also provides information on the collection and rearing of mosquito specimens at your own facilities.




Pesticide Resistance Testing

Testing kits are available for testing adult mosquitoes as well as testing larval mosquitoes. Please choose the option that is most appropriate for your program’s needs and follow the instructions provided.

Testing Adult Mosquito Kits

The CDC bottle bioassay is designed to determine if a particular formulation (combination of the active ingredient in the insecticide and inactive ingredients) is able to kill an insect vector, such as a mosquito, at a specific location at a given time. It can detect resistance to insecticides in mosquitoes and other insects. The technique is simple, rapid, and economical, compared with alternatives. Bioassay results can help guide the choice of insecticide used for spraying. Use the information below to order Bottle Bioassay Kits directly from the CDC for testing adult mosquitoes for pesticide resistance.

If your institution or program would like to order a bottle bioassay kit, which contains bottles, insecticide formulations, a manual, and instructional video, please download and complete the CDC Bottle Bioassay Request Form and send it to usbottleassaykit@cdc.gov.

CDC Bottle Bioassay Request Form

Larvicide Efficacy Testing Kits

Use the information below to order a Larvicide Efficacy Testing Kit directly from Cornell University for testing the field efficacy of your larvicide applications​:

Kit Request Form

Larvicide Efficacy Testing Kit and Guidelines

Our partners at PacVec have developed additional resources on larvicidal resistance testing. Please access them through their YouTube channel or the PacVec Resources Website.




Pesticide Resistance Monitoring in the Northeast Region

NEVBD routinely engages with our regional vector control and public health partners to understand their practices and resource needs for conducting pesticide resistance monitoring within their programs.


Questions?

If you have any questions about the program please contact:

James Burtis, PhD
NEVBD Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Entomology, Cornell University
jb766@cornell.edu