Insect population suppression using engineered insects
Suppression or elimination of vector populations is a tried and tested method for reducing vector-borne disease, and a key component of integrated control programs. Genetic methods have the potential to provide new and improved methods for vector control. The required genetic technology is simpler than that required for strategies based on population replacement and is likely to be available earlier. In particular, genetic methods that enhance the Sterile Insect Technique (e.g., RIDL (TM)) are already available for some species.