Volume 5, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A method of collection and dissection of mosquitoes, particularly in Tahiti, is described. This “Intensive Survey Method” provides a distributed sample of mosquitoes for dissection, while simultaneously the following indications of mosquito densities can be determined: (1) the number of mosquitoes captured per minute of capture effort; (2) the percentage of habitations at which mosquitoes were captured; (3) the percentage of houses where 10 or more mosquitoes were captured during the 10-minute capture interval. By dissection and examination of these randomly collected samples of mosquitoes, the percentages of mosquitoes with developing and/or infective larvae of are determined. In addition, the number of developing larvae per dissected mosquito can be calculated as well as the percentage of houses with positive mosquitoes. The interpretation of the data obtained is discussed briefly along with the advantages and disadvanrage of this method.


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