Labor Day Mosquito Count Background information and instructions
Different Types of Mosquitoes • There are many different mosquito species around the world • You will be dealing with container breeding species
What Does Container Breeding Mean? • These are mosquitoes that lay their eggs in “containers” • Containers can include: • Tires • Garbage Cans • Pools • Puddles • Bird Baths • Tree Holes • Or any other area of stagnant water
Container Breeding Mosquito Species Common species in the USA include: • Orthopodomyia • Culex • Anopheles • Ochlerotatus • Toxorhynchites • These species bite people and use their blood to feed their offspring • In the process, certain species spread different life threatening diseases such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) and others
The Labor Day Mosquito Count • The purpose of this project is to identify the different species of mosquitoes around the country and where they are most common • We do this by setting up traps where container breeding mosquitoes will be able to lay their eggs
Your Job! • As students, you will be setting up mosquito traps outside around your houses • You will then send the traps back to the scientists at Clark University who will count the eggs • For assembly instructions click here: http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/tlivdahl/page9/page9.html
After trying multiple trap techniques, it was determined that a dark container color attracts mosquitoes The coffee filter acts as a trap for the eggs and it is easier to see the dark color of eggs on a white surface The leaves act as nutrition and as another attraction technique Why Use these Materials?
It is important to be knowledgeable about the location of certain mosquitoes species so as a whole we can prevent the spread of disease and keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Thank you for you participation! www.health.qld.gov.au