BASF Corporation owns a small island off the coast of Michigan in the Detroit River which contains some salt deposits and chemical storage areas. It is uninhabited by humans but contains many marshes and wetlands. During the 1980’s, these marshes became a large breeding ground for several salt water mosquito species that are fierce biters of humans during the day and night. Once the adult mosquitoes emerged, the females pestered residents of the city of Grosse Ille, which is adjacent to the island and on the Detroit River. This created a significant mosquito problem for the city whereby the residents contacted BASF Corporation to do something about it. BASF contacted Dr. Richard Merritt of Michigan State University and asked him to develop an integrated mosquito control program for the island to help alleviate the mosquito problem. For approximately 10-12 years, I was part of a team that employed a bacteria toxic to larval mosquitoes applied to the water, as well as some other environmentally safe pesticides, to help control the mosquitoes.


Work contracted by BASF International Corporation | Wyandotte, MI


logistical preparation, habitat surveying, population sampling, data processing, and application of experimental biological control methods


This long-term project was never undertaken for the purpose of publication.