FACILITY OR FREEDOM? THAT IS THE QUESTION!
Organization(s):Escola Minas Gerais
Student(s):Minas Gerais School’ Science Club: Juliana Karina Villela, Fábio França, Gabriel Morais, Andreia Silva, Tayná Cristina Santos, Beatriz Lima, Sara Penna, Ana Sophia Pereira da Silva, Lucas Trindade, Camille Santos, Bárbara Lima Mol, Paulo Mazoa, Sara de Souza Penna
Grade Level:Middle School (grades 6-8, ages 11-14)
GLOBE Teacher(s):INES MARIA MAUAD
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report, Mission Mosquito Report
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In the current research, we investigated whether by placing the artificial captive breeding sites (traps) with smelling fish food used to attractive the female mosquito, side by side, with the free artificial breeding sites such as wasted ice cream boxes, acting as standing water tanks, the female mosquito still prefers free artificial breeding sites in our school gardens. FACILITY OR FREEDOM? THAT IS THE QUESTION!
Last year, we carried out an investigative study on the preference of breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes around Minas Gerais School, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Samples for the study were obtained by collecting mosquito larvae from different free artificial breeding (water tanks) sites and artificial captive breeding sites (traps) and placed in six school sites in a six-month period.
The results showed that artificial deposits as free breeding sites have a higher positivity for Aedes aegypti.
The presence of Aedes aegypti in an urban area represents a potential risk of the interrelation of this mosquito species with the population because we know that Aedes aegypti is the mosquito that transmits Dengue, Urban Yellow Fever, Chikungunya and Zika Virus diseases.
Keywords: Aedes aegypti, artificial deposits, traps, preference, free deposits, captives’ deposits, breeding sites, diseases.
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