Designing Aedes mosquito traps: the evolution of the male Aedes sound trap by iterative evaluation insects

Staunton, Kyran M., Liu, Jianyi, Townsend, Michael, Desnoyer, Mark, Howell, Paul, Crawford, Jacob E., Xiang, Wei, Snoad, Nigel, Burkot, Thomas R., and Ritchie, Scott A. (2021) Designing Aedes mosquito traps: the evolution of the male Aedes sound trap by iterative evaluation insects. Insects, 12 (5). 388.

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Effective surveillance of Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus, Diptera: Culicidae) is critical to monitoring the impact of vector control measures when mitigating disease transmission by this species. There are benefits to deploying male-specific traps, particularly when a high level of catch-specificity is desired. Here, the rationale behind the developmental process of an entirely new trap which uses a sound lure to capture male Ae. aegypti, the male Aedes sound trap (MAST), is presented as a target product profile with findings from developmental trials of key trap components and performance. Trial results suggest that the presence of a black base associated with the trap influenced male catches as did variations in size of this base, to a degree. Trap entrance shape didn’t influence catch rates, but entrance size did. No significant differences in catch rates were found when sound lures were set to intermittent or continuous playbacks, at volumes between 63–74 dB or frequencies of 450 Hz compared to 500 Hz. Additionally, adult males aged 3 days post-eclosion, were less responsive to sound lures set to 500 Hz than those 4 or 6 days old. Lastly, almost no males were caught when the MAST directly faced continual winds of 1.5 ms−1, but males were captured at low rates during intermittent winds, or if the trap faced away from the wind. The developmental process to optimising this trap is applicable to the development of alternate mosquito traps beyond Aedes sound traps and provides useful information towards the improved surveillance of these disease vectors.

Item ID: 68779
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2075-4450
Keywords: Aedes aegypti; mosquito trap; sound trap; male; dengue; sound lure
Copyright Information: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative CommonsAttribution (CC BY) license (
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 01:23
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