Mosquito Magnet® traps as a potential means of monitoring blackflies of medical and veterinary importance

D. López-Peña, F. M. Hawkes, G. I. Gibson, Colin Johnston, Alexander Vaux, Lis-Cantín, Jolyon Medlock, R. A. Cheke

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Abstract

Mosquito Magnet® traps, deployed in widespread parts of England as part of nationwide mosquito surveillance projects, also caught blackflies. As many as 1242 blackflies were caught in a trapping session lasting 4 days. Principal among the species caught were Simulium equinum, Simulium lineatum and Simulium ornatum s.l. As S. ornatum s.l. is a vector that transmits Onchocerca linealis to cattle and S. equinum is responsible for dermatitis (‘sweet itch’) in cattle and horses, it is suggested that Mosquito Magnet® traps could be used to monitor and partially control these pests, as well as nuisance anthropophilic blackflies such as Simulium posticatum that can cause simuliidosis in southern England.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical and Veterinary Entomology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Haematophagous blackflies
  • Simulium equinum
  • Simulium lineatum
  • Simulium ornatum
  • sweet itch
  • traps

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