Analysis of habitat characteristics of mosquitoes in Danwon-gu, Ansan city, Korea, based on civil complaint data

Jeong Eun Kim, Yeon Jae Bae, Hwang Goo Lee, Dong Gun Kim

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Abstract

Climate change due to global warming and changes in land use increase the development time and distribution, as well as the abundance, of mosquitoes, thereby negatively affecting human life and health. In this study, we investigated the habitat characteristics of mosquito occurrence sites in Danwon-gu, Ansan city, Korea, based on a daily record of civil pest complaints lodged at the Danwon-gu Community Health Center. We considered two types of factors (natural and artificial) known to affect mosquito occurrence. We confirmed a total of 554 cases of mosquito occurrence from March 2014 to August 2017. The total study area was 49.11 km2, with urban areas constituting the largest proportion. Additionally, we investigated habitat preferences of mosquitoes in terms of terrain factors; generally, mosquitoes occurred at low elevations and on low slopes. Regarding the preference of oviposition sites, mosquitoes occurred at higher rates near streams and crops lands. The rate of mosquito occurrence tended to increase in areas with dense human populations. Regarding climatic factors, the rate of mosquito occurrence increased in areas with high temperature and low precipitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-549
Number of pages10
JournalEntomological Research
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1

Keywords

  • civil complaints
  • GIS
  • habitat characteristic
  • mosquito
  • pest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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