Ovitraps are used to collect Aedes aegypti mosquito eggs for monitoring the presence or absence of these mosquitoes in the community
How does it work?
The ovitrap consists of a black cup containing water and a piece of collection paper covering the inside walls of the cup. The female mosquito who is looking to lay her eggs in a container with accumulated water, will lay them on the collection paper. Once a week, our field technicians will take the collection paper to the laboratory and will replace it with a new one.
Once in the laboratory, technicians will inspect the papers to determine the presence or absence of Aedes aegypti eggs. Collection paper containing Aedes aegypti eggs are stored in the laboratory to be used for mosquito rearing. Once adult mosquitoes are obtained they could be used to perform insecticide resistance testing.
Ovitraps do not use insecticide and are not meant to kill or control mosquitoes.