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The effect of Mosquito Magnet Liberty Plus trap on the human mosquito biting rate under semi-field conditions.

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College of Tumaini University, PO Box 2240, Moshi, Tanzania.
Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association (Impact Factor: 0.83). 09/2010; 26(3):287-94. DOI: 10.2987/09-5979.1
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ABSTRACT This study evaluated the efficacy of a commercially available mosquito trap, the Mosquito Magnet Liberty Plus (MM), in reducing human biting rates under semi-field conditions when used alone or with different types of repellents. The MM trap significantly reduced the human biting rate with both laboratory-reared Culex quinquefasciatus and Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto. The MM trap catch did not increase when a mosquito coil was burned but did significantly increase when a skin repellent was applied to the human bait. Microencapsulated repellent ankle bands did not increase the MM trap catch with either Cx. quinquefasciatus or An. gambiae s.s., although its combination with the trap was more effective at reducing bites by Cx. quinquefasciatus. The absence of the commercial attractant Lurex3 in traps significantly lowered the catch efficiency of Cx. quinquefasciatus even when the skin repellent was applied to volunteers. The results from this study showed that the use of a skin repellent and an attractant-baited trap can significantly reduce the human biting rate of both nuisance biting mosquitoes and malaria vectors. Further work is required to investigate how this push-pull system would work in a field environment.

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