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 Zika virus,” Will said.
Will said what attracts the Aedes Aegypti to them is scene and the color scheme; all the traps are black and white. “They just fly into the contrast and then there’s a fan and the motor in there that suck the mosquitoes into the net,” he said, describing one of the traps. Will admits some of the traps work better than others. “We were catching 300-400 in that one, and we’re catching 100, 100 or so in that one,” he said. Right now Vector Control can’t actually test for Zika but has to wait until the CDC develops and distributes a protocol.