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Dissection of a mosquito to detect parasites. Midgut and salivary glands of a mosquito are key entry and exit points for pathogens such as the plasmodium parasites and dengue viruses.
Checking for mosquito larvae in water accumulated in bamboo shoots. Plant-held waters (phytotelmata) offer excellent breeding sites for different species of mosquitoes.
Health worker checking the installation of an anti-mosquito device at the entrance of a house. Such devices may help to trap mosquitoes, flies and insects.
Used tyres are considered productive breeding sites for aedes mosquitoes. A health worker looking for signs of larvae in water accumulated in tyres.
Biological control of larvae is being increasingly practiced in many urban areas. Concrete water tanks used to breed larvivorous fish to control mosquito vectors of dengue.