Worobey, J., Fonseca, D. M., Espinosa, C., Healy, S., & Gaugler, R. (2013). Child Outdoor Physical Activity is Reduced by Prevalence of the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopicus. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 29(1), 78-80.
We tested the hypothesis that day-biting mosquitoes contribute to child obesity by reducing opportunities for summer outdoor play. The influence of Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) prevalence on child outdoor physical activity was compared in 2 matched urban communities, one treated for mosquito abatement and one untreated. More time was spent outdoors by children where abatement took place.