Surveillance

View our mosquito trapping data and learn about how we conduct surveillance. Surveillance is just one of the many aspects of Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM).
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Surveillance Map

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Larval Surveillance

Early in the season we sample wetlands throughout the county to accumulate data on larval mosquito populations. These data are used in determining whether the wetlands are treated by land or by air. The larvicide we use is derived from a naturally occurring soil bacteria and specifically targets mosquitoes. For more info on what products we use please follow our Products link here.

Adult Mosquito Surveillance

We use adult surveillance data to make important decisions on when and where to treat for mosquitoes based on population size, mosquito species present, and the presence of mosquito borne viruses. We collect adult mosquitoes with CDC Light Traps, which use a carbon dioxide source to attract blood-seeking female mosquitoes.

CDC light trap

CDC light trap with CO2 tank attached

In addition to the above CDC light trap, we use the Reiter-Cummings gravid trap to collect mosquitoes which have already blood-fed and are ready to lay eggs. Many mosquito species (especially the primary vector of WNV, Culex pipiens) lay their eggs on the surface of stagnant pools of water. The gravid trap takes advantage of this egg laying behavior by using a basin filled with organically-infused water beneath the trap as an attractant.

RC gravid trap

Reiter-Cummings gravid trap

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Contact

61 Endicott Street, Suite 66
Norwood, MA 02062

Office: (781) 762-3681
Fax: (781) 769-6436