Environmentally-Sensitive Mosquito Management:
At Culex, we care deeply about the environment and have the greatest respect for the natural processes that sustain healthy ecosystems in the world around us. Culex specializes in managing mosquitoes that transmit vector-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Dengue and Malaria, but we also help control mosquito populations that cause extreme nuisance. We are leading advocates for the use of natural control measures to manage mosquito populations without having to resort to the use of synthetic chemicals.
Our Talented and Dedicated Team:
Our team includes talented and committed ecologists with many decades of research experience in aquatic ecology, entomology and habitat conservation. We have found that our knowledge of the functioning of natural systems offers great new potential for innovative solutions in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
Addressing Modern Challenges Posed by Vector-Borne Diseases:
The world currently faces great challenges from both emerging mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Chikungunya, and from the resurgence of known diseases, such as Dengue and Malaria. Culex is privileged to be addressing these challenges in collaboration with leading epidemiologists, entomologists, environmental scientists and engineers from universities across Canada, Costa Rica, and other Central American countries.
Our Experience in Canada:
Culex is at the forefront of control of West Nile Virus vector mosquito species in Canada. We are experienced practitioners in operations management and undertake extensive mosquito abatement programs. Over the past eight years, we have worked with dozens of local municipalities, universities, health authorities, golf courses, corporations, private institutions and businesses, including taking the leading role in mosquito control in Metro Vancouver.
Our Experience in Central America:
Over the past five years, we have worked in Central America to reduce impacts of emerging and re-emerging vector-borne diseases and address challenges of drinking water and wastewater management. In partnership with government, business, universities and communities, we seek to promote dialogue and help communities identify and implement solutions at a local level to ensure that residents and visitors are protected from the threat of vector-borne disease, and that freshwater sources for human consumption are safeguarded for the future.
The Outdated Method of Mosquito Control:
There is growing scientific evidence to show that the use of cocktails of synthetic chemical agents and drugs used to control pests and diseases are causing severe damage to global biodiversity. For example, the rapid decline in amphibians across the globe is being partially attributed to the use of herbicides and pesticides. Although a particular application may appear harmless on its own, it may be the 'last straw' for an animal's immune system or for the stability of a healthy ecosystem which is already suffering from numerous other stresses. In addition, the widespread use of pesticides has lead to insecticide resistance among mosquito populations, making these treatments less and less effective. Furthermore, by harming mosquito predators, pesticides may impair natural control mechanisms, worsening mosquito problems in the long-term.
Our More Sensitive Approach:
At Culex, we believe that there are crucial lessons to be learnt in mosquito management through mimicking natural processes rather than relying on costly chemicals that may be doing more long-term harm than short-term good. Many of these natural approaches have proven track records prior to our reliance on pesticides and drugs. We believe that modern solutions to current problems lie in refocusing our attention on some of these traditional approaches whilst incorporating innovative techniques gained from more recent knowledge of ecosystem functioning to provide a fully integrated and effective set of mosquito management tools.
Our Integrated Mosquito Management Program:
To address threats posed by vector-borne disease, Culex has invested many years work in developing its unique Integrated Mosquito Management Plan of Action (IMMPACT®). IMMPACT® uses a pro-active rather than reactive approach and focuses on targeted environmentally-sound larvicides to control mosquitoes in their aquatic stages and natural methods of control including water management, improved sanitation and vegetation enhancement.