New Traps Installed To Catch Mosquitoes

College Point now has eight mosquito traps designed specifically to trap Aedes Mosquitoes, the insects that can potentially carry the Zika virus.  The traps were installed after concerns were raised about an excess of mosquitoes in College Point, where West Nile virus was first discovered in the United States (August 1999), and the potential danger […]

Mosquito Hunters Resort to Trapping to Monitor for Zika

dead mosquitoes

Harris County employs 50 scientists and technicians year-round to to set traps, sort mosquitoes by species and conduct lab tests for five viruses: St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile, dengue and chikungunya. This year they’ve added Zika.  The tab for mosquito control runs $4 million or more a year. For Zika testing, samples are currently sent to […]

Mosquito Traps Keep Tabs on Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Testing Mosquito Species

Stagnant water, dark enclosures, carbon dioxide — different things attract different mosquitoes.  From April to October each year, Vivek Raman, an environmental health supervisor with the Southern Nevada Health District, and his team sets hundreds of mosquito traps across Clark County to keep tabs on these pesky — sometimes even deadly — insects. Last year, […]

Mosquito Traps To Target Zika Virus

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Maricopa County Vector Control is ahead of the game when it comes to trapping and potentially testing the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.  James Will, a supervisor at Vector Control, said the agency has a few different traps that are designed specifically to attract the Aedes Aegypti.  “The Aedes Aegypti mosquito can transmit Chikungunya, Dengue and […]

The Mosquito Has Landed


Weather forecast: murky yellow skies, rumbling rains followed by thunderstorms. Before the puddles have dried, the invaders have arrived. They, too, are ready–clogging the screens, hovering around door frames, zooming past doors and trunk lids into car interiors, nestling into necks, feasting on wrists/ankles/ears or hairlines, riding into the house on clothing and groceries Out […]

Mosquito Traps used in GM Study

GM larvae

Panama’s Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health, or ICGES, found in a recent study that genetically modified mosquitoes can be used to combat dengue with a high degree of effectiveness, scientists involved in the project said. Local residents “accepted and participated” in the study by placing “larvae-traps” and traps to catch mature mosquitoes in their homes […]

Summer’s Mosquito Fight Begins With Mosquito Traps

Armed with buckets, odorous lures, nets and poison sprays, Columbus Public Health workers are prepared to take on the hordes of blood-sucking insects that can ruin summer for outdoors lovers. The agency hopes to outflank mosquitoes this year by increasing the number of traps across the city. Health workers will be trapping the insects at […]

Mosquitoes are back and West Nile Virus Testing begins

The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department says it’s not too soon to be thinking about mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.  Kurt Kuchle, director of health protection for the two-county health department, said the health department has begun its surveillance program to detect possible West Nile Virus (WNV) activity in the local area. The surveillance program consists […]