Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit
Title: Effect of collection method on estimates of adult mosquito density Author
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 5, 2012
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: We made simultaneous comparison of the number of female mosquitoes captured by suction traps and portable light traps (augmented with CO2) in a Florida swamp with the landing rate of female mosquitoes on a human subject. Depending on the mosquito species, capture rates in light traps ranged between -97% and +185% of the mean mosquito landing rate on a human subject. The range for mosquito species captured using suction traps was between -88% and +187% of the mean landing rate. Numeric algorithms can be used to relate the capture rate of adult mosquitoes in each type of mechanical trap to the landing rate of mosquitoes on a human subject.