The effectiveness of four types of mosquito traps at sampling Culex mosquitoes was compared at two north central Florida study sites (a commercial dairy and a swine research unit) with highly eutrophic lagoons that have a history of producing large populations of Culex mosquitoes. Traps evaluated included a John Hock (JH) model 1012 CDC style light trap, JH model 1712 CDC Gravid Trap (GT), and American Biophysics Corporation’s Mosquito Magnet-Experimental (MM-X) and commercial model MM-Professional (MM-Pro) traps. The MM-X and MM-Pro traps are based on new counterflow technology. Culex nigripalpus Theobald and Culex quinquefasciatus Say were the two most abundant species collected, and they were the dominant species at the dairy site and swine research unit, respectively. Culex erraticus Dyar & Knabb and Culex salinarius Coquillett also were caught but in much lower numbers than the two dominant species at the swine unit, and rarely at the dairy site. At the dairy site the MM-Pro collection of total female Cx. quinquefasciatus was significantly greater than all other trap types (MM-Pro > GT > MM-X = CDC), and the MM-Pro also caught the most Cx. nigripalpus, but not significantly more than the CDC or MM-X (MM-Pro = CDC = MM-X > GT). At the swine research unit the largest number of female Cx. quinquefasciatus were caught in the MM-X trap, but the only significant difference was with the CDC trap (MM-X = MM-Pro = GT > CDC). For Cx. nigripalpus the CDC trap caught the most females, but these collections were only significantly different from the MM-Pro and GT (CDC = MM-X > MM-Pro > GT). The GT caught significantly more gravid female Cx. quinquefasciatus than all the other trap types at both sites, but collected very few gravid Cx. nigripalpus at either site.
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