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