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Assessing the costs of spraying communities predicted to be at high-risk of domestic infestation clustering.

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posted on 2012-08-14, 00:50 authored by Gonzalo M. Vazquez-Prokopec, Cynthia Spillmann, Mario Zaidenberg, Ricardo E. Gürtler, Uriel Kitron

Assumes all communities are visited. Blanket control is performed based on the rule of contiguity (i.e. the nearest neighbor first). Targeted control assumes only communities predicted as high-risk (from the risk map) are visited.


Refers to the city where spraying brigades are based.


Communities with prevalence of domestic infestation by T. infestans higher than 10% are slated for blanket spraying (Tintina = 66 communities and 880 houses; Quimili = 76 communities and 822 houses).


Selected from communities estimated in 3.


The total cost for a Blanket contiguous strategy was estimated to be US$69,779 and for a Targeted strategy US$35,552. Costs were based on Vazquez-Prokopec et al. 2009 [5] estimates and include cost of insecticides (US$6.9 per sprayed house), salaries (US$22 per-diem and US$11.2 wages per technician per day) and mobility (US$1 per km).