Starting in late July 2019 we are asking residents of the Northeast region of the United States to build and place a trap that will catch the invasive Asian tiger mosquito (ATM) and report back to us if you find one. This is one big survey that you can take part in between the last week of July through the end of August. You can absolutely place multiple traps in multiple locations and get your friends and family involved.
Why are we doing this?
The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is originally from Asia. It was introduced to the United States decades ago and every year the tiger mosquitoes move farther north. The ATM is aggressive and bites people throughout the day. Residents where the ATM is established complain that outdoor activities are nearly impossible during the month of August. Besides being a huge nuisance, they are capable of spreading a number of disease causing agents (such as viruses and dog heartworm) that can make humans and pets sick. Having more information regarding the tiger mosquito’s location will help us focus research efforts to prevent the spread of diseases.
Our goal is to figure out how far north the tiger mosquito has moved and we need your help! Can you assist us in finding the tiger mosquito in your region? We are seeking concerned citizen scientists like you to help. Your participation should be fun and educational! It would involve making a mosquito egg trap out of household supplies and recyclables, allowing eggs to hatch and become adults and then reporting back to us if you hatched a tiger mosquito. The only piece of technology you need is a smart phone for location data and pictures! Along the way you’ll learn about the risks these mosquitoes pose to human health and how you can prevent them from infesting your community.
If you would like to participate please sign up with your email and zip code. We will be sending a few email reminders and resources during the ATM season of 2019.
This project is part of a larger endeavor on the development of climate-informed decision-support tools for the prevention of Aedes-borne disease in the US through Columbia University’s Earth Institute, funded by the International Research and Applications Program (IRAP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Award NA18AOR4310339).