Journal of Animal Behaviour and Biometeorology
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Effectiveness of ultraviolet (UV) insect light traps for mosquitoes control in coastal areas of Samut Songkhram province, Thailand

Tanawat Chaiphongpachara, Sedthapong Laojun, Chaekki Kunphichayadecha

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This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of ultraviolet (UV) insect light traps for mosquito control and to study the relationship between this effect and weather factors in coastal areas of Samut Songkhram province, Thailand. The study sites were divided into two areas, approximately 2and4 km from the sea. The trap was placed less than one meter away from the house, where it could reach electrical plugs. The effectiveness of UV light trap was tested from September to October 2017 between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., for a total of 30 days. A total of 2,605 adult mosquitoes within four species belonging to two genera were collected, including Anopheles epiroticus Linton & Harbach, Culex quinquefasciatus Say, Cx. sitiens Wiedmann and Cx. gelidus Theobald. The effectiveness of UV insect light traps in area 2 km from the sea trapped 45.96 ± 42.13 mosquitoes per night and area 4 km from the sea trapped 40.83 ± 33.61 mosquitoes per night. While, effectiveness comparison of the UV insect light traps 2 and 4 km from the sea of were shown to be statistically significantly different (p < 0.05). These results of this study are useful for planning and application of UV light traps to control mosquito populations in coastal areas of Samut Songkhram province, Thailand and other coastal areas.


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