Mosquito monitoring online: first field tests of a novel mosquito trapping system by Biogents
On the Florida Keys - a chain of islands at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula - a novel and advanced Biogents trapping system for monitoring mosquitoes is now being tested. The solar-powered BG-Counter is the first commercially available mosquito trapping system that allows for a precise monitoring of mosquito population over wide areas, in real-time, directly from the computer. The BG-Counter counts the captured mosquitoes electronically and at the same time, it continuously measures additional factors that are also needed for the assessment of future population dynamics and risks. The collected data are regularly fed into the Internet. They can be accessed via a web-based interface, which can also be used to control the BG-Counter remotely.
To date, each of the 16 technicians of the Florida Keys Control District (FKMCD) spends about two hours per day to monitor the islands’ mosquito populations. The aim: To apply mosquito control measures as early as possible, in order to prevent or at least to mitigate the development and spread of large mosquito populations. The novel BG-Counter traps simplify the data collection, raising the efficacy and reducing the costs. It will help to better monitor mosquito populations and manage their breeding grounds.
Supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program a new project will now develop the BG-Counter even further. The aim is a sensor module which will be capable of distinguishing different mosquito species. This way mosquito species that are particularly dangerous for humans, such as tiger mosquitoes, can be targeted more precisely and more focused than before. (Tiger mosquitoes like the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, or its relative, Aedes aegypti, are vectors of yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus.)
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends Biogents’ mosquito traps
While the Zika and Dengue viruses are rapidly spreading, protection against mosquitoes is becoming increasingly important
In South America, primarily in Brazil and Colombia, numbers of dengue and Zika infections are rising at an alarming rate. In particular the Zika virus is thought to be quite threatening given that experts are suggesting a potential connection between Zika infections in pregnant women and Microcephaly (a neurodevelopmental disorder) in infants. Diurnal tiger mosquitoes (for example Aedes aegypti) are responsible for transmitting both of the viruses and currently there are no known vaccines to prevent infections by either virus. Accordingly, the CDC is strongly advising people in affected areas to protect themselves against mosquito bites. In addition to the usual precautions, in areas affected by dengue and Zika virus, we recommend the use of Biogents mosquito traps, which were specifically developed for use against tiger mosquitoes. Unlike other commercially available insect killers, Biogents traps catch these dangerous disease vectors particularly well and have a long list of scientific publications to prove it. Since the tiger mosquitoes are active during the day, the use of bed nets unfortunately provides little protection.
Recommended Protective Measures
• Long and loose clothing
• The use of repellents several times a day and applied to all exposed skin surfaces
• Clothing treated with Permethrin
• The use of Biogents mosquito traps to capture and kill tiger mosquitoes before they can transmit diseases (see Study in Manaus, Brazil )
• The use of mosquito nets (bed nets) when resting
• The use of repellent vaporizers indoors when appropriate, however, its use should only be short term since the insecticides released (pyrethroids) may cause irritation in susceptible persons and young children
• The removal of possible breeding sites of tiger mosquitoes by emptying containers with standing water or alternatively treat them with larvicides
• Pregnant travelers are strongly recommended to consult their doctor before traveling to affected areas
Biogents as partner of the EUROLEISH.NET, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie – Innovative Training Network
Leishmaniasis is a neglected infectious disease and a major public
health and veterinary problem that afflicts both developing countries
Leishmaniasis control is the topic for EUROLEISH.NET, a group of academic and non-academic institutions in Europe and abroad that will host 15 PhD students in 15 research projects.
The aim of the EUROLEISH-NET program is to provide the selected candidates the tools to start and consolidate their careers in the field of infectious disease control and leishmaniasis in particular. The training program will promote scientific excellence, multidisciplinarity, and autonomy to increase the employability of the researchers.
One of the PhD students will be trained and supported amongst others by Biogents, a partner of EUROLEISH.NETMore information about EUROLEISH.NET here >>
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Biogents traps as effective tool to monitor Aedes albopictus and other mosquito species40 to 50 BG-Sentinel traps were utilized during an intensive 5-year surveillance as part of an 'Area-wide Management Program for the Asian Tiger Mosquito' in NJ, USA. The results are now published. The authors say that the Biogents Sentinel trap is a very effective tool to monitor adult populations of Aedes albopictus and that although BGS traps are becoming the gold standard instrument for Ae. albopictus surveillance, they can also be used to collect other important mosquito species, which can enhance existing vector surveillance programs.
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