A group of scientists specializing in both disease-vector management and pollinator protection suggest that the entomology community should work together in ensuring reduction in mosquito and tick populations don’t harm bees and butterflies. Vector-control practices based on the principles of IPM already aim to minimize impact on non-target organisms, but the complexities of conditions in any given area necessitate close coordination with local pollinator experts in developing effective strategies. Working together to control vector-borne diseases, and those working to protect pollinators, have much to gain from each other. Four ways to achieve this are:
- collaborate between stakeholders in vector management and pollinator protection
- research decision-making processes to improve integration
- develop targeted approaches to vector management, such as trapping, careful application of genetic technologies and deployment of microbes that affect vectors
- continue research on specific impacts of vector-management methods on pollinators
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