Volume 35, Issue 3 p. 426-433
Original Article

Efficiency of the CO2-baited omni-directional Fay-Prince trap under semi-field conditions and characterizing response behaviours for the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti

Brogan A. Amos

Corresponding Author

Brogan A. Amos

Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, 92521 U.S.A.

Correspondence: Brogan A. Amos, Department of Entomology, Room 162, 3401 Watkins Drive, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA 92521. Tel.: +61 413 260 978; Fax: +1 (951) 827 5104; E-mail: [email protected]Search for more papers by this author
Ring T. Cardé

Ring T. Cardé

Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, 92521 U.S.A.

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First published: 29 March 2021
Citations: 1
Fay-Prince mosquito trap efficiency.

Abstract

Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera: Culicidae) is a vector of several serious disease-causing viruses including Dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. Effective and efficient trapping methods are essential for meaningful mosquito population and disease-presence surveillance and ultimately, vector control. The Fay-Prince trap (FPT) was developed in the late 1960s as a daytime visual trap for male Ae. aegypti. Since then, its use has been expanded into the trapping of female Ae. aegypti, Aedes albopictus Skuse, other Ae. spp., and Culex spp. The efficiency of the FPT alone and with CO2 was tested under semi-field conditions and the behaviour of responding female Ae. aegypti was characterized. The mean capture efficiency of the FPT with CO2 per 30 min in the greenhouse was 3.07% and the capture rate from the total number of mosquitoes in our semi-field setup was slightly higher at 4.45%. Understanding the behaviours that mosquitoes exhibit during their encounter with particularly a visual trap may recommend trap improvements and contributes to our understanding of host-seeking behaviour and how it might be exploited.

Data availability statement

The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.