EFFICACY OF COMMERCIAL ATTRACTIVE TOXIC SUGAR BAIT STATION (ATSB) AGAINST AEDES ALBOPICTUS
The use of toxic sugar baits is a new paradigm in mosquito control. A commercial product of attractive toxic sugar bait station (Spartan Mosquito Eradicator) contains a toxic sugar bait with sodium chloride as the active ingredient and yeast as an attractant. We studied the efficacy of the device against adult Aedes albopictus Skuse. The study composed of a laboratory and a field component with treatment and control cohorts. The treatment in the laboratory experiment resulted in nonsignificant mortality of adult mosquitoes compared with untreated mosquitoes. Neither laboratory nor field components of the study showed significant evidence that the commercial product could reduce the abundance of Ae. albopictus in the natural environment. The device may need to be improved and further evaluation conducted.