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Comparison of Efficiency of BG-Sentinel Traps Baited with Mice, Mouse-Litter, and CO2 Lures for Field Sampling of Male and Female Aedes albopictus Mosquitoes

MIVEGEC, IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), CNRS, Univ. Montpellier, F-34394 Montpellier, France
IRD Réunion/GIP CYROI (Recherche Santé Bio-innovation), 97490 Sainte Clotilde, Reunion Island, France
Service de lutte anti vectorielle, Agence Régionale de Santé-Océan Indien (ARS-OI), 97743 Saint-Denis, Reunion Island, France
BiogentsAG, Weissenburgstrasse 22, D-93055 Regensburg, Germany
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Academic Editors: Michael J. Stout, Jeff Davis, Rodrigo Diaz and Julien M. Beuzelin
Insects 2017, 8(3), 95;
Received: 6 July 2017 / Revised: 28 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integrated Pest Management)
Determining the abundance and distribution of male mosquitoes in the wild and establishing species seasonality in candidate pilot sites is of particular interest with respect to the use of the sterile-male technique. With the knowledge that using mice as bait in BG-Sentinel traps effectively enhances Aedes albopictus male and female trapping success, the present study was designed to determine whether attractants derived from mouse odour blend could be a viable substitute for live mice to lure Ae. albopictus mosquitoes into traps. The effects of baiting BG-Sentinel traps with mice, carbon dioxide (CO2), and attractants derived from litter mouse odours (mouse litter (ML)) and a mouse odour blend (MOB) on the efficiency of trapping Ae. albopictus males and females were tested using a Latin square design. The BG-Sentinel trap baited with CO2 + ML caught a significantly larger number of mosquitoes compared to traps baited with mice only. The BG-Sentinel traps containing only CO2 or CO2 + MOB, however, did not catch significantly more mosquitoes compared to the other traps. The proportions of males caught in the BG-Sentinel traps did not differ significantly between the respective attractants. The results from this study confirm that CO2 bait is efficient to provide a reliable estimation method for Ae. albopictus adult male abundance in the wild, and suggest that mouse litter baits in combination with CO2 could be used to enhance Aedes trapping success in BG-Sentinel traps. View Full-Text
Keywords: trapping; male mosquito; sterile insect technique (SIT) trapping; male mosquito; sterile insect technique (SIT)
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Le Goff, G.; Damiens, D.; Ruttee, A.-H.; Payet, L.; Lebon, C.; Dehecq, J.-S.; Geier, M.; Gouagna, L.-C. Comparison of Efficiency of BG-Sentinel Traps Baited with Mice, Mouse-Litter, and CO2 Lures for Field Sampling of Male and Female Aedes albopictus Mosquitoes. Insects 2017, 8, 95.

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