Quantifying the impact of mosquitoes on quality of life and enjoyment of yard and porch activities in New Jersey.

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dc.contributor.author Halasa, Yara A
dc.contributor.author Shepard, Donald S
dc.contributor.author Fonseca, Dina M
dc.contributor.author Farajollahi, Ary
dc.contributor.author Healy, Sean
dc.contributor.author Gaugler, Randy
dc.contributor.author Bartlett-Healy, Kristen
dc.contributor.author Strickman, Daniel A
dc.contributor.author Clark, Gary G
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-28T17:41:48Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-28T17:41:48Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.other PMC3945781
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10192/36331
dc.description.abstract The recent expansion of Aedes albopictus, a day-biting mosquito, to densely inhabited areas in the northeastern Atlantic states of the USA has dramatically increased the problem that mosquitoes create for urban and suburban residents. We quantified the impact of mosquitoes on residents' quality of life within the context of a comprehensive area-wide integrated pest management program to control Ae. albopictus in two counties (Mercer and Monmouth) in New Jersey. We interviewed residents of 121 randomly selected households in both counties between October and November 2010. We asked residents about their experience with mosquitoes in their neighborhood and the importance of the ability to relax outdoors without mosquitoes compared to other neighborhood characteristics (1 Û_= Û_not important, 5 Û_= Û_extremely important). We rated residents' utility based on paired comparisons to known states from the EuroQol health description system. The majority (54.6%) of respondents considered mosquitoes to be a problem. Respondents reported an average of 7.1 mosquito bites in a typical week during that summer. Mosquitoes prevented 59.5% of residents from enjoying their outdoor activities at least to some extent. Residents rated the mosquito acceptability (mean å± standard deviation) during that summer on a scale of 0 (mosquito invasion) to 100 (no mosquitoes) at 56.7å±28.7, and their overall utility at 0.87å±0.03. This is comparable to living with up to two risk factors for diabetes (i.e., abdominal obesity, body mass index of 28 or more, reported cholesterol problems, diagnosis of hypertension, or history of cardiovascular disease) or women experiencing menstrual disorders. Respondents rated the importance of enjoying outdoor activities without mosquitoes (4.69å±0.80) comparable to that of neighborhood safety (4.74å±0.80) and higher than that of a clean neighborhood (4.59å±0.94). In conclusion, New Jersey residents reported that mosquitoes decreased their utility by 0.13, comparable to the loss from worrisome health risk factors, underscoring the importance of controlling this problem.
dc.format.extent 1 file
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Public Library of Science
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1371/journal.pone.0089221
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Pest Control
dc.subject Clinical Research Design
dc.subject Economics
dc.subject Behavioral and Social Aspects of Health
dc.subject Lifecourse Epidemiology
dc.subject Public Health
dc.subject Environmental Health
dc.subject Microbiology
dc.subject Social and Behavioral Sciences
dc.subject Science
dc.subject Biology
dc.subject Spatial Epidemiology
dc.subject Survey Research
dc.subject Epidemiology
dc.subject Medicine
dc.subject Q
dc.subject R
dc.subject Mosquitoes
dc.subject Vector Biology
dc.subject Agriculture
dc.subject Research Article
dc.subject Animals
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Culicidae
dc.subject Aedes
dc.subject Questionnaires
dc.title Quantifying the impact of mosquitoes on quality of life and enjoyment of yard and porch activities in New Jersey.
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.department Heller School for Social Policy and Management
dc.relation.journal PloS One
dc.identifier.pmid 24603670


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