We trap mosquitos for several reasons. The primary reasons are for disease testing and to determine the number of mosquitos in an area.
Adult mosquito surveillance is a critical component of determining where mosquitoes are coming from, the potential for disease transmission in an area, and the need for adult mosquito control. This district uses adult surveillance as a quality control mechanism to determine how effective the overall program is in reducing mosquito populations. Collecting baseline data on mosquito populations and mosquito-borne disease also helps target educational efforts.
Adulticiding treatment is determined by identifying the quantity of species known to carry West Nile virus (WNV), and western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE), number of complaints in a specific area, ability to use available equipment to treat, and the environmental impact of treatment. The results of trapped adult mosquitoes that are submitted for testing for diseases also provide information to determine treatment requirements. Quantity thresholds of a minimum of a trap count of 50 identified adults and information based on above surveillance information will determine adult mosquito treatment.
We will publish any positive results from our trapping on this page. At this time, all pools we have submitted have been negative!