Volume 92, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In this study, we characterize the ability of the previously described Infoscitex tent (IST) to capture mosquitoes in comparison to either the Centers for Disease Control Light Trap hung next to individuals under a bed net (LTC) or to human landing catches (HLC). In Senegal, the IST caught 6.14 times the number of sensu lato (s.l.), and 8.78 times the group V mosquitoes as LTC. In one of two locations in Burkina Faso, the IST caught at a rate not significantly different than HLC. Of importance, 9.1–36.1% of HLC caught were blood fed, mostly with fresh blood, suggesting they fed upon the collector, whereas only 0.5–5.0% from the IST had partial or old blood. The IST also caught outdoor biting species in proportions comparable to HLC. The results show this tent provides a safer and effective alternative to the skill-dependent, risky, and laborious HLC method.


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  • Received : 16 May 2014
  • Accepted : 16 Oct 2014
  • Published online : 04 Feb 2015

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