2) If your home is selected:
a) we would come to your home and place a trap (a 5-gallon bucket shown in the image above) in an area of your front yard not visible to passersby: preferably on the side of the house in a discrete location.
b) we would also take notes on the number of containers capable of storing water that are near and around your home.
3)Once a week two biology research students from Texas A&M-San Antonio (wearing identifiable shirts or vests + student id's) will come to take data from these traps. They would spend approximately 30 - 45 minutes collecting data on mosquitoes captured. Above are images of students from last summer.
WILL I GET MORE MOSQUITOES IN MY YARD? - NO. In fact, because these traps kill female mosquitoes that want to lay eggs, they are used to reduce mosquito populations. They are currently being used by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in Puerto Rico around neighborhoods to REDUCE the number of mosquitoes.
DO THESE TRAPS HAVE CHEMICALS THAT CAN HARM ME OR MY PETS? - NO. These traps are completely organic. The traps are filled with water and small bunch of hay. There is very sticky paper that traps the mosquito so we recommend not to touch that.
WHAT IF I LIVE IN AN APARTMENT? - I am sorry, at this time, we do not use apartment complexes as a residential trapping site.
WHAT IF I HAVE A STRICT HOA? - We do our best to place the trap in an inconspicuous area and we always work with the homeowner to determine the best location.
WHAT IF I LIVE IN A GATED COMMUNITY? - all that we ask is accessability once a week. Consistent data collection is very important to get a good understanding of how mosquito populations change over time.