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1 December 2013 A New Tent Trap for Monitoring the Daily Activity of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus
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In this study, we designed a new tent trap; the BioDiVector (BDV) tent trap, consisting of two rectangular tents that use human bait without endangering the technical personnel. The daily activity pattern of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in intra, peri, and extradomicillary sites was studied in an endemic area of dengue in southern Mexico by using the BDV tent trap. Totals of 3,128 individuals of Ae. aegypti and 833 Ae. albopictus were captured. More Ae. aegypti males than females were caught, while the opposite was true with Ae. albopictus. The activity of both mosquito species was affected by the interaction between the collection site and time of day. In general, more individuals of both mosquito species were captured at the extradomicillary sites than at the peri and intradomicillary sites. Mosquitoes showed two peaks of activity, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, but in general this only occurred at the extradomicillary sites, whereas no peak of activity was observed at the intra and peridomicillary sites. Overall, Ae. aegypti had a higher indirect biting rate than Ae. albopictus. Finally, due to its efficiency, simplicity, and low cost, we suggest the use of this innovative tool for entomological surveillance, bionomics and vector incrimination studies in geographical areas where dengue and other arboviruses are present.

Mauricio Casas-Martínez, Arnoldo Orozco-Bonilla, Miguel Muñoz-Reyes, Armando Ulloa-García, J. Guillermo Bond, Javier Valle-Mora, Manuel Weber, and Julio C. Rojas "A New Tent Trap for Monitoring the Daily Activity of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus," Journal of Vector Ecology 38(2), 277-288, (1 December 2013).
Received: 24 March 2013; Accepted: 1 May 2013; Published: 1 December 2013

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