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 of the Zika virus. source
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 the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. But soon, the lab will also be able to test for Zika on site after a spend of $300,000 to renovate lab space and buy a PCR-assay testing machine. Read More
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 comes the armour and the arsenal: scores of batteries, the traps–commercial and home-made, for inside and out, the wicks, candles, smoking coils, the piles of “play-electric-tennis-with-a-pest” rackets (his and hers and one per room), Skin-So-Soft? lotion, creams, chemical patches or sprays (often considered a great danger for humans and pets). As for being armed with ultrasonic devices, this would seem to be yet another would-be weapon, rather than truly effective. The Mega Catch Ultra, however, has had good reviews.
It’s that time of year again, time to watch out for those pesky mosquitoes. Already, some local communities are setting up traps to catch and test mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus. Avoiding Mosquito Bites – Tips From Grayson County Health Dept.
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 of testing mosquitoes collected from traps and also submitting dead birds for testing at the state lab.
The mosquito traps are placed each year in the vicinity of public access/gathering areas in both Bureau and Putnam counties. The health department has four traps, with typically three of those traps placed in Bureau County and one trap in Putnam County. Read more
The 10th Medical Group Public Health office will be placing mosquito traps in areas throughout the U.S. Academy in Colorado.
The traps will be placed in “high-people traffic areas,” including base housing areas, the child development centers, installation gate entrances, Jacks Valley and other places throughout the Academy.
According to Senior Airman Anthony Arroyo, a public health technician here, the traps are not intended to get rid of the mosquitoes but to trap them for testing.
“The purpose of the traps is testing,” Arroyo said. “We want to ensure that the mosquitoes aren’t carrying harmful illnesses and diseases intended for humans.”
The trap most commonly used on base is the New Jersey Light Trap. The trap combines two types of attractions for the mosquitoes: CO2 and light. The trap emits CO2 and also has a small light attached that is powered by a small battery back. Mosquitoes are drawn to the light and a small fan attached to the trap pushes the mosquitoes into the net at the bottom of the trap. The traps will usually be placed in trees 6-8 feet off the ground with a battery pack placed in the tree. source