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: 0.95). 09/2010; 26(3):287-94. DOI: 10.2987/09-5979.1
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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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    • "The performance of different models of Mosquito Magnet ® (MM) (Woodstream Corporation, USA) for sampling mosquitoes has been compared with that of other collection methods, including that of human attraction . As a result, distinct models of MM have shown good performance for sampling mosquito populations under different environmental and climate conditions (Pucci et al. 2003, Brown et al. 2008, Xue et al. 2008, Kitau et al. 2010, Morrow et al. 2010, Hiwat et al. 2011a, Jawara et al. 2011, Missawa et al. 2011, de Sá & Sallum 2013). "
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    • "Several models of mosquito magnet have been con - structed with the purpose of removing mosquitoes from human environments ( Rubio - Palis et al . 2012 ) , and multiple studies have addressed the potential of using the mosquito magnet for entomological surveil - lance ( Pucci 2003 , Xue et al . 2010 , Kitau et al . 2010 , Sá and Sallum 2013 ) . Kitau et al . ( 2010 ) tested the ef - fectiveness of the Mosquito Magnet Liberty Plus with Lurex3 combined with chemical mosquito repellents in humans in Tanzania . They found a signiÞcant re - duction in Culex quinquefasciatus Say and Anopheles gambiae Giles biting rates . The authors deÞne the study design as an experimental " pushÐpull " model , with re"
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    • "These complex molecules remain largely unidentified and are used as a mix of undefined molecules. Odour attractants for mosquitoes have been investigated with the main objective of substituting for the live animals used as attractants in traps (Kline 1998, Ritchie et al. 2003, Dennett et al. 2004, Siphiprasasna et al. 2004, Bell et al. 2005, Njiru et al. 2006, Kitau et al. 2010). Nylon socks worn for at least 12 h by a human individual can attract significantly high numbers of anophelines (de Jong & Knols 1995, Njiru et al. 2006, Qiu et al. 2007, Schmied et al. 2008, Smallegange et al. 2010). "
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