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Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap Mosquito Trap for Control and Surveillance of Mosquitoes

Posted Aug 01 2013 8:00pm

Description of Invention:
Mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of a number of important zoonotic diseases, including dengue fever, malaria, and rift valley fever. The CDC-AGO (Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap) mosquito trap is a device that targets older female mosquitoes looking for a suitable place to lay eggs. This device is 45 centimeters tall with a 10-liter capacity to hold an attractant, such as water and decaying vegetation. The mosquitoes are captured by a nontoxic adhesive and eggs are collected on a hydrogel. The use of the hydrogel instead of a liquid prevents the larvae from hatched mosquito eggs from completing development.

Novel aspects of this technology are the use of non-toxic components and slow to dry hydrogel, as opposed to insecticide. While there are a number of chemical methods for controlling mosquitoes, these chemicals are always subject to the evolution of resistance from the mosquito population and, thus, there is a need for additional non-chemical control methods.

  • Device for mosquito control
  • May be useful in regions of the world affected by vector-borne zoonotic diseases, such as dengue fever, malaria, Rift Valley fever or West Nile virus

  • Many ovitraps are short-lived as insecticide compound degrades over time and/or mosquito population becomes insecticide-resistant
  • Utilizes a nontoxic adhesive and hydrogel polymer, as opposed to insecticide

Development Status:
  • Prototype
  • In vitro data available

Andrew J Mackay (CDC)
Manuel Amador (CDC)
Roberto Barrera (CDC)

Patent Status:
HHS, Reference No. E-166-2013/0
PCT, Application No. PCT/US2012/025462 filed 16 Feb 2012
US, Application No. 13/822,598 filed 12 Mar 2013

Relevant Publication:
  1. Barrera, R. et al. 2010. “Field Trials of a New Gravid-ovitrap for Integrated Area-wide Control of Aedes Aegypti in Puerto Rico.” In Abstract Book, 83 (5 Supplement):179. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Atlanta, GA, USA. [ ]

For Licensing Information Please Contact:
Whitney Blair
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325,
Rockville, MD 20852
United States
Phone: 301-435-5031
Fax: 301-402-0220

Ref No: 2602

Updated: 08/2013

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