Novel methods have been developed for generation of carbon dioxide through combination of two or more chemicals within a custom designed device that is placed on traps in the field. Carbon dioxide release rates, metered by the rate of reaction (and choice of chemicals), are quantified. Trap captures will be presented for preliminary field tests targeting ticks and mosquitoes. This technology is a promising alternative to deployment of dry ice, or compressed gas cylinders.
Species 1: Acari Ixodidae Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged tick, deer tick)
Species 2: Acari Ixodidae Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
Species 3: Diptera Culicidae (mosquitoes)
Keywords: carbon dioxide, mosquito traps
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