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My experiment aims to test how two variables impact the likelihood of mosquitoes breeding. The first variable is the  water type , and I am testing with tap water, filtered water, and muddy water from a local pond. The second variable is the  food  in which mosquitos will breed. Therefore, I will add rice water and sugarcane juice to the three water types. So, I will end up with nine mosquito trap containers shown below. Below are what each contains: A1) filtered water mixed with rice water; A2) tap water mixed with rice water; A3) muddy water mixed with rice water. ...


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In October, our SEES research team presented at the 2022 MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (MIT URTC), becoming the first SEES team ever to be selected to present a paper at this competition. We wanted to share our experience with MIT URTC, from the starting point of our SEES research project to developing a publishable manuscript and presenting our paper at the conference. At the onset of our research, we were motivated by a story we read in the news that detailed how human populations worldwide were becoming increasingly susceptible to vector-borne diseases, with ...


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I have 5 identical buckets placed in shady areas around my yard. Two of these buckets (Buckets 1 and 2) are filled with equivalent amounts of water, grasses, leaves, and dirt, while another bucket (Bucket 3) contains everything but the dirt. I wanted to examine how dirtier water could attribute to a more habitable microenvironment for mosquitoes.  My two other buckets contain equivalent amounts of water and are both wrapped in black trash bags, where one (Bucket 5) contains only grasses and another (Bucket 4) contains only eucalyptus leaves. I wanted to test the effects of ...


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First Post:  For my project, I wanted to see how CO2 emissions could affect mosquito activity. To do this, I set up 4 water bottle traps. 2 of the traps contained a solution of tap water (1 cup), sugar (1/4 cup), and yeast (1 gram). The yeast and the sugar react to release carbon dioxide. (Fermentation) The other two bottles contained a basic solution of tap water and grass. One bottle of each type was placed in two different AOI locations.  Brief hypothesis: If mosquitoes are naturally attracted to carbon dioxide, then the CO2 emitting trap will have greater mosquito ...


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For my experiment, I decided to see which fruits or foods in general that mosquitos would be attracted to. From left to right, it was the cantaloupe, watermelon, control(which is nothing), and a pineapple in the last one. I wanted to test whether different fruits or foods affected the amount of larvae and mosquitos that are born. For the first week of testing, I did not spot anything or any mosquitoes. The biggest issue I had was the amount of ants attracted to the bottles. I also had many dead beetles and bugs dead in the trap, which did not surprise me. However, I saw some larvae but ...


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For my mosquito habitat experiment, I decided to approach it from the perspective of the size of containers. I had 5 different containers, each of which is a different size, from a small bottle to a soap bottle to the largest, a gallon jug. For the first week of testing, I was able to set up the traps in their selective locations, however, was not able to check them till week the end of week 2 as I was on vacation. When I returned, I was able to bring all of the containers to my house to examine the specimens in each bottle. However, when I went to retrieve the said containers from ...


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For my mosquito habitat experiment, I decided to study the depth of container.  I had a large bucket, a medium bucket, and a small bucket.  For the first week, I decided to add fish food, but I am thinking about adding different types of baits throughout the weeks!   Here was my original set up, with it being placed under a tree in my backyard. Additionally, I had placed two more at different AOI.  I placed both of these containers in bushes.  At one AOI it was inside a tall bush, while in the other it was in the middle of a shrub. ...


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Observation design Mosquito Monday 🦟 June 20, 2022 I checked in all 5 of my traps and only 1 was successful (homemade trap). I noticed the ones with sugar water had other bugs (dead) rather than mosquito eggs. I also notice that dirty water was less preferred than a cleaner habitat. I was so shocked to see actual larvae and so many pupas. I’ve never seen mosquito eggs before. Sadly, I didn’t bring my cellphone microscope so I can share an up close photo of a larvae. Next Monday for sure ! ☺️ Mosquito Monday(late MM🥲) June 29th I observed ...


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Greetings! My experiment sought to determine which baits were most effective for mosquitos, with what resources I had on hand. To do this I placed 2 sets of samples in two adjacent parts of my AOI, with 4 mosquito traps each. I intend to check these traps every Sunday, counting the mosquito larvae and pupae that I find per trap. These traps followed the safety bottle trap design (there is actually a YouTube tutorial from a couple years ago from Rusty Low herself), using spare plastic bottles, sandpaper, duct tape, and netting from grocery oranges. In each set there exist four ...


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My main goal is to see what attracts mosquitos and although there are so many variables out there I only had the resources to test 2: color vibrancy and bait! I have 6 plastic cups filled with about a cup and a half of water each in addition to their assigned "bait". 2 cups are my controls which only contain water. One is a vibrant purple while the other is white. I keep this paired design for all my baits and also test grass clippings and salt water (mainly to see if sweat-that contains salt and other electrolytes-actually attract mosquitos). Each cup of salt water has about 2 tsp of ...


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Background : This experiment is based in Berryville, Virginia - a rural town with a population of about 4,500. Experimental Design: My experiment aims to answer two questions, a) What type of container (width & depth) suits mosquito breeding best, and b) What type of bait suits mosquito breeding best (naturally vs artificially produced). My variables are as follows, container type - large bucket, safe bottle, and pie tin (changing the depth and width of containers), and bait type - grass clippings and cat food. The grass clippings are acting as a natural source of ...


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Hello, my name is Christine and I’m from Redwood City!  I have set up my traps near where I live. For my experiment, I wanted to test to see if mosquitos had a preference for different types of water. I made sugar water, salt water, and dog food water. I also laid out a bowl of just plain tap water as the control. So, my independent variable will be the type of water while my dependent variable will be the number of mosquito larvae in the container. Other variables such as bowl type/size, amount of water put in, location, etc. will be kept constant. WEEK 1 : For all of the ...


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My experiment in South Korea has yielded some interesting results, to say the least. For my experiment, I wanted to see if the color of the environment was a significant factor in mosquitoes finding their habitat. Thus, in my pursuit of finding this out, I set up four buckets, two red and two white, to use as the potential nesting grounds for mosquitoes. I filled  the four buckets with water from a nearby fountain and promptly put in grass clippings and dead leaves as feed for mosquito larvae. Balsa wood sticks were also placed as a nucleation point for mosquitoes to lay their eggs ...


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Purpose + Background The overall purpose of my experiment is to determine how the quality of water in a particular mosquito trap affects mosquito laying and breeding. To study this relationship between mosquito breeding and water quality, I set up traps with different types of water, including tap water, filtered water, and pond water.  Experimental Design I constructing 5 mosquito traps total, and all were placed in a shady spot within my AOI. My mosquito traps were placed in 2 different locations: 3 traps were placed in the center of my AOI, and 2 were placed in a ...


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My experiment is to determine which type of water and bait is most attractive to mosquitos. I had 6 large buckets total, and I filled 3 of them with tap water and the other 3 with water from a pond. The pond contained algae which were included in the water sample. From there, I used fish food, sugar, and grass as my different baits, and I included 1 cupful of each bait in the water samples.  Hypothesis My hypothesis was that the pond water would have more mosquito larvae than the tap water because it contained bacteria, nutrients, and other organic material that could be ...


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Purpose: The purpose of this experiment is to determine whether the size of trap openings affects mosquitos' preferences to oviposit. Basically, I wanted to study if mosquitos are attracted to a source more if it is more accessible with a wider opening, or if this didn't play a role in their egg-laying preferences.  Background Information: According to preliminary research, mosquitos are able to locate and pass through small gaps and holes such as holes in mosquito nets. They do this by first sensing the source (usually they detect human blood and carbon ...


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Introduction: For my experiment I decided to test the effects of various commonly used compost materials on mosquito oviposition. Certain essential oils have been proven to either attract or repel mosquitoes, but often these extracts are difficult to come by especially in undeveloped/developing countries. Therefore, I wanted to find a natural repellant against mosquitoes that could easily be acquired. Another motivation was the fact that litter has become especially prevalent and is a major contributor to air pollution, so I wanted to determine if the rise of mosquitoes could be ...


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A Novel investigation that aims to conclude what style of mosquito trap is most effective for reducing mosquito populations in relation with the cost of creating it. INTRODUCTION Ovillanta trap is a form of mosquito larvae trap created using discarded motor vehicle tires. When I was first introduced to the Ovillanta trap by Dr. Low, I became immediately set on building one myself. I didn't think it would be very difficult. After all, I have probably spent more time in my grandfather's basement workshop surrounded by power-saws and drills than anywhere else in the world. ...


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Hello everyone! As my team's resident novice RF engineer, I figured that I'd write a brief article about something so integral to the A.M.E.A. Project! First, I must introduce some Amateur Radio linguistics and general knowledge that'd be useful in understanding this article! (Note: Originally this section was going to be a lot smaller but then I realized that I needed additional information in order to understand the basics I included!) >RF Stands for Radio Frequency. >Amplitude can be roughly defined as Signal Strength. >According to Wikipedia, Modulation is the ...


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For my experiment, I am testing whether different types of baits would have different impacts on mosquito larvae breeding grounds. Introduction:  Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on the planet. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are responsible for the deaths of over 1 million people each year, most of which are caused by the spread of diseases, such as malaria. To help slow this trend, it is important for citizens like me to identify any potential mosquito habitats, as well as note any preferences within these habitats. In my experiment, I created ...


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