Mosquito controls with AGO bucket traps, Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap (AGO), tested by CDC

Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap (AGO) bucket trap is a standard 5-gallon bucket adapted in a specific way to capture mosquitoes.

AGO traps are available for purchase online from Springstar. Two traps cost $75, free shipping: https://www.springstar.net/collections/mosquitoes/products/ago

The Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap (AGO trap), was developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and has been proven to reduce populations of Aedes mosquitoes by over 80%. It is effective for the mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. No pesticides or pheromones required. Just add water and a little hay.



From Springstar website: "The Trap-N-Kill® Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap is an 18 liter black bucket fitted with a “capture chamber” on the top. The capture chamber allows you to swap out the sticky board without having to pull off the whole lid. Twist the top half of the chamber and you'll have access to where the sticky board rests. The bucket itself is filled with water up to a specific depth that is controlled by a series of slots which are machined into the bucket sides. Gravid female Aedes mosquitoes are attracted to the hay-infused standing water and seek to lay their eggs on a hard surface right at the water line.

They try to do that by entering the capture chamber through the top screen. They can get through that screen with ease but other critters, like squirrels or birds can't. The capture chamber, a cylinder, contains a replaceable glue board that covers the entire inside portion of the cylinder. The mosquitoes cannot get to the water surface because the bottom screen is made of a finer mesh than the top one -- too fine for a mosquito to get through. As they keep trying to get to the water, they tire and may need to rest. When they choose to rest on the glue surface, that will be their final resting place, so to speak.

No pesticides or pheromones required. Just add water and some grass clippings or hay."

The "stickies" are the sticky issue here, as the replacements are not readily available for purchase. Pest management company Catchmaster lists "AGO Trap Replacement Glue Boards" on its website but there is no link to purchase them online.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4631065/
https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/zika-virus-outbreak/low-tech-trap-might-help-fight-zika-virus-outbreaks-cdc-n571501
https://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/21081
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article130514329.html
http://mosquito.ifas.ufl.edu/Workshop/Documents/Dengue_Workshop_Introductory_Talks.pdf

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