Mosquito & Tick Control

Swamp Inc. will start adult mosquito collections in the month of April 15, 2015. Mosquito populations will be recorded and only collections in June of Cs. melanura (primary vector for EEE) will be sent to the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station for EEE/WNV testing. We usually receive these results by the end of the 2015 season.

Unless otherwise stated, mosquito testing performed will be separated into two phases for mosquito submissions; phase I (early season) and phase II (mid to end season).

Phase I - July 1 through July 31, 2015 (dates pertain to date of collection):

Cs. morsitans, Cs. melanura, Cx. pipiens, Cx. restuans, Cx. pipiens/restuans, Oc. canadensis and Ae. vexans. Only these species will be tested. Any batch (group of mosquitoes) size may be submitted, but cannot exceed 50 mosquitoes.

Phase II - August 1 or first EEE or WNV detection (whichever comes first) through September 30, 2015:

In addition to the above species, Ae. cinerus, An punctipennis, An walkeri,(The Maine Lab will not be accepting the listed An. species: only NH Lab) , Cq. perturbans, Oc. japonicus, Oc. triseriatus, Ps. ferox, Cx. salinarius, and Oc. sollicitans will be tested if batch size > 10 mosquitoes (but cannot exceed 50 mosquitoes).

Mosquito Trap Descriptions

The mosquito traps we use are pictured and described below.

Gravid Trap

Gravid Trap

The bucket contains a mixture of fermented hay and water which has a powerful smell but attractive to mosquitoes. A fan and collection net are set on top of the tray of smelly water. The fan is powered by a small battery. When the mosquitoes are attracted to the water to lay eggs, they pass by the trap opening and are pulled into the collection net. The mosquitoes are removed in the laboratory for examination and analysis.

If you find one in the field-- PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB IT

CDC/CO2 Miniature Light Traps

Light Trap

Light Trap 2

These traps are commonly suspended from tree limbs that hang above the ground and are powered by a battery. Traps attract mosquitoes by a light bulb and CO2 that is emitted from the dry ice in a cooler. When the mosquitoes get close to the light they are pulled into the container by a small electric fan where they are captured and collected for analysis.

If you find one in the field-- PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB IT