Success Story

CDC-developed Mosquito Trap

The photo shows an AGO mosquito trap placed in a neighborhood in Puerto Rico. CDC photo, CDC NCEZID Puerto Rico laboratory.

Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading many viruses that can make people sick, including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and more. CDC’s Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap (AGO) mosquito trap has been successfully used for mosquito surveillance and control. The inexpensive, non- toxic AGO attracts and catches female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes looking for a place to lay eggs. Field trials in which the AGO trap has been installed in most homes in a community have shown it reduces mosquito populations AND transmission rates of infections.

AGO traps have been distributed by the CDC to many areas in Puerto Rico, including 90,000 traps distributed in Caguas in early 2017. A partner is now producing the trap for the general public and it’s currently available on the commercial market.

CDC seeks additional commercial partners, both foreign and domestic, with the goal of distributing the AGO trap to as many people and communities as possible worldwide. In addition to scientific publications, the AGO traps have been featured in a number of news articles, including USA Today, the Miami Herald and NBC News.

To view the AGO trap technology listing, click here