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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: CONTROL AND PROTECTION TOOLS FOR INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT OF MOSQUITOES AND FILTH FLIES

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Title: Response of Aedes Albopictus to Six Traps in Suburban Settings in North Central Florida

Authors
item Hoel, David - U.S. NAVAL MEDICAL
item Kline, Daniel
item Allan, Sandra

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 29, 2006
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Aedes albopictus (Skuse), a proven disease vector and severe nuisance mosquito, has in the past 20 years, become established in over 1,000 counties throughout 32 southern and Midwestern states. In a nation-wide survey, Aedes albopictus was recently ranked the second most troublesome mosquito in the U.S. by vector control and public health service personnel. We tested six adult mosquito traps in suburban Gainesville Florida for effectiveness in collecting Ae. albopictus. Two commercially available traps, the Mosquito Magnet Professional and Liberty traps, designed for homeowner premises control of mosquitoes, were compared against a standard surveillance CDC 512 light trap, a Mosquito Magnet MM-X prototype surveillance trap, and two traps designed specifically to capture Aedes (Stegomyia) mosquitoes: the Wilton trap and the Fay-Prince omnidirectional trap. Traps were rotated through six residential properties around Gainesville in a 6X6 Latin square design during the peak adult Ae. albopictus season, July, August and September (2004). Mosquito Magnet traps were optimally baited with octenol and Lurex™ cartridges. Those traps not generating CO2 were supplied with compressed CO2 at the rate of 500 ml/min. Significantly more Ae. albopictus (p < 0.0001) were captured in commercial traps (MM Liberty, Pro and MM-X) than in standard surveillance (CDC) or Aedes (Stegomyia) traps (Fay-Prince, Wilton traps). Order of rank and trap means were: MM Liberty (88.4) > MM-X (81.6) > MM Pro (65.8) > Fay-Prince (26.3) > CDC 512 (18.1) > Wilton trap (13.2). Results indicate new, commercial traps are a suitable substitute for older, routinely used surveillance traps.

Technical Abstract: Aedes albopictus (Skuse), a proven disease vector and severe nuisance mosquito, has in the past 20 years, become established in over 1,000 counties throughout 32 southern and Midwestern states. In a nation-wide survey, Aedes albopictus was recently ranked the second most troublesome mosquito in the U.S. by vector control and public health service personnel. We tested six adult mosquito traps in suburban Gainesville Florida for effectiveness in collecting Ae. albopictus. Two commercially available traps, the Mosquito Magnet Professional and Liberty traps, designed for homeowner premises control of mosquitoes, were compared against a standard surveillance CDC 512 light trap, a Mosquito Magnet MM-X prototype surveillance trap, and two traps designed specifically to capture Aedes (Stegomyia) mosquitoes: the Wilton trap and the Fay-Prince omnidirectional trap. Traps were rotated through six residential properties around Gainesville in a 6X6 Latin square design during the peak adult Ae. albopictus season, July, August and September (2004). Mosquito Magnet traps were optimally baited with octenol and Lurex™ cartridges. Those traps not generating CO2 were supplied with compressed CO2 at the rate of 500 ml/min. Significantly more Ae. albopictus (p < 0.0001) were captured in commercial traps (MM Liberty, Pro and MM-X) than in standard surveillance (CDC) or Aedes (Stegomyia) traps (Fay-Prince, Wilton traps). Order of rank and trap means were: MM Liberty (88.4) > MM-X (81.6) > MM Pro (65.8) > Fay-Prince (26.3) > CDC 512 (18.1) > Wilton trap (13.2). Results indicate new, commercial traps are a suitable substitute for older, routinely used surveillance traps.

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