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A decision tool to support large-scale operations against tsetse
Tsetse Muse is designed to help planners develop cost-effective strategies for controlling tsetse. The programme allows the user to define a tsetse population and then view the impact of different control strategies. In Tsetse Muse, the user has a wide range of tools available for controlling tsetse, including:
These techniques can be either used alone or in any combination specified by the user.
For instance, you may be thinking about suppressing a population with aerial spraying or insecticide-treated cattle, and then eliminating it by releasing sterile males. To prevent nieghbouring tsetse from invading the cleared area, you might use a barrier of insecticide-treated cattle or targets. Tsetse Muse can help you answer questions such as:
Tsetse Muse provides a dynamic view of the tsetse population as the control operation progresses and at the conclusion of the operation, the programme produces a series of tables and graphs summarising changes in:
Installing Tsetse Muse
The programme has been written to operate on Microsoft Excel (version 2000, or later). Some aspects of Tsetse Muse will not operate successfully with early versions of Office XP. This problem can be avoided by running the Office XP Service Pack (SP3 or later). This is freely available from the Microsoft Corporation. SP3 (file version 5.0.2919.6304) is available here.
Starting Tsetse Muse
To run Tsetse Muse, the macro security level of Excel must not be set to 'high'. So, before opening begin.xls, please set the 'Macro security' in the 'Tools' menu to 'medium'.
To see an example of Tsetse Muse being used to compare the efficacy and cost of sterilizing and insecticidal techniques, see Vale & Torr (2005).