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Investigation of Puerto Rico communities focused on mosquitoes’ habitats and awareness

Student(s):Yarianis Riveria Jeriel Allende
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Teacher:Cassie Soeffing
Contributors:Dr. Rusty Low, SME, IGES Peder Nelson, SME, OSU Dr. Erika Podest, SME, NASA JPL
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report, Mission Mosquito Report
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Date Submitted:02/24/2021
The massive spread that mosquitoes are having in Puerto Rico is why we want to investigate in detail about Puerto Rico’s communities focus on mosquito habitats and awareness. Their growth process, where to find them, how to identify breeders among others are important factors Puerto Ricans should be aware of. We carried out four methods in this research from June 10, 2020 to July26, 2020. The Mosquito Larvae Trap Method was used to investigate the mosquitos around the selected area and to define which experiment was effective. The GLOBE Observer App Method was used to compare the observations taking of the Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover sections and helped identify the mosquitoes’ species. Collect Earth Online Method was used to locate and analyze the experiment sites of the mosquito larvae traps. The Google Forms Online Survey Method was used to identify if Puerto Ricans know about the descriptions of the mosquito, the diseases they transmit, how to identify mosquito habitats, in what way to personal protect against mosquito bites, actions taken to reduce mosquitoes in the area, and the use of pesticide. A total of 219 residents of Puerto Rico answered the survey during July 22, 2020 to July 25, 2020. Throughout the experiments, mosquito habitats were found of the mosquitoes’ species Aedes Aegypti and Culex, some impostors such as ants, flies ants, lizards, and midge larvae (Clinotanypus). We considered that one of the factors that attracted mosquitoes was the CO2. Puerto Ricans found water sources that can be invaded by mosquitoes. At the same time, the population is aware of eliminating these breeding mosquito habitats. It is recommended that this study be continued on the island. In addition, the young population must understand the responsibility that must be had on our environment and health. Keywords: mosquito larvae, mosquito pupa, imposters, water sources, artificial containers