Korean J Parasitol.  2002 Mar;40(1):45-54. 10.3347/kjp.2002.40.1.45.

Late season commercial mosquito trap and host seeking activity evaluation against mosquitoes in a malarious area of the Republic of Korea

  • 1Detachment 3, US Air Force Institute for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Risk Analysis, Okinawa, Japan.
  • 2Department of Viral Diseases, National Institute of Health, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3US Army, 5th Medical Detachment, 18th Medical Command, Unit 15247.
  • 4Entomology Branch, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta(GA),USA.
  • 5Uniformed Services, University of Health Sciences, Bethesda(MD),USA.
  • 6Department of Entomology, US Army Medical, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences.
  • 7US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-Pacific.
  • 8Preventive Services Directorate, 18 Medical Command, Unit 15281.


Field trials evaluating selected commercially available mosquito traps variously baited with light, carbon dioxide, and/or octenol were conducted from 18 - 27 September 2000 in a malarious area near Paekyeon-ri (Tongil-Chon) and Camp Greaves in Paju County, Kyonggi Province, Republic of Korea. The host-seeking activity for common mosquito species, including the primary vector of Japanese encephalitis, Culex tritaeniorhynchus Giles, was determined using hourly aspirator collections from a human and propane lantern-baited Shannon trap during hours when temperatures exceeded 15oC. The total number of mosquitoes and number of each species captured during the test was compared using a block design. Significant differences were observed for the total number of mosquitoes collected, such that, the Mosquito MagnetTM with octenol > Shannon trap > ABC light trap with light and dry ice > Miniature Black Light trap (manufactured by John W. Hock) >; or = New Jersey Trap > ABC light trap with light only. Significant differences in numbers collected among traps were noted for several species including: Aedes vexans (Meigen), Anopheles lesteri Baisas and Hu, An. sinensis Weidemann, An. sineroides Yamada, An. yatsushiroensis Miyazaki, Culex pipiens L., Cx. orientalis Edwards and Cx. tritaeniorhynchus. Host-seeking activity for most common species showed a similar bimodal pattern. Results from these field trap evaluations can significantly enhance current vector and disease surveillance efforts especially for the primary vector of Japanese encephalitis, Cx.tritaeniorhynchus.


Korean mosquitoes; Japanese encephalitis; light traps; Anopheles sinensis; An. yatsushiroensis; Cx. tritaeniorhynchus; attractants
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