Two types of mosquito trap were tested near Smith Lake in Portland, Multnomah County, OR: 2 Biogents Sentinel (BGS) traps baited with carbon dioxide (CO2) and an octenol sachet or a BG Lure®, and an encephalitis virus surveillance (EVS) trap with CO2 but without an odor sachet. After 6 trap-nights, the 2 BGS traps caught significantly more mosquitoes than the EVS trap. More Culex tarsalis and an overall greater number of species were caught in the BGS traps. A BGS trap and an EVS trap, both baited with CO2 alone, were compared to investigate whether the difference was due to the attractants or the difference in trap type. The BGS trap caught more mosquitoes but the difference was not significant. The BGS trap, when baited with CO2 and other lures, can be an effective mosquito sampling tool, but further research is needed to understand the importance of the attractants.
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