BG-1 Sentinel™ Trap & Replacement Parts
2880 BG-1 Sentinel Trap (NSN: 3740-01-628-9326)- This innovative and superior mosquito trap is a result of over 16 years of thorough scientific research at the University of Regensburg, Germany. It was developed for scientists and researchers to monitor the yellow fever mosquito, also known as the dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus. During its use on different continents, it became evident that the trap also catches other mosquito species and anthropophilic insects. It is intended for use by professionals only.
Numerous independent scientific studies have been conducted with the trap worldwide, and it has been successfully proven to be one of the most effective mosquito traps on the market. It is used and tested all over the world by independent organizations.
The trap incorporates patented, as well as patent-pending technology. It mimics the convection currents that are created by a human body via artificially generated air plumes, employs attractive visual cues, and releases a patented 3-component scent imitator, the BG-Lure®, that mimics human skin through a large surface area. These features were specifically developed for attracting tiger mosquitoes. The BG-1 Sentinel™ trap, together with the BG-Lure®, catches Aedes albopictus, Aedes aegypti, Aedes polynesiensis, and various Culex ssp., significantly well. These species of mosquitoes are the transmitters of serious diseases such as West Nile Virus, Dirofilariasis, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Yellow Fever. When CO² is added to the trap, catch rates improve for these species as well as for other species of mosquitoes and anthropophilic insects. The trap is large enough to incorporate additional attractants (such as animal hairs, worn clothing, small animals, food, light and heat sources) making it a very versatile tool for researchers.
This monitoring trap was developed by BioGents GmbH (Germany). The trap consists of an easy-to-transport, collapsible white cylinder with white mesh covering the top. In the middle of the mesh cover is a black funnel through which a down draft is created by a 12V DC fan that causes mosquitoes in the vicinity of the opening to be drawn into a catch bag. The catch bag is located above the suction fan to avoid damage to specimens caused by passing through the fan. The air then exits the trap through the mesh top. This design generates ascending current similar to that produced by a human host, both in its direction, geometrical structure, and chemical composition of the attractants. Attractants are given off by the BG-Lure® #2881, a mesh dispenser that releases a combination of non-toxic substances found on human skin (lactic acid, ammonia, and fatty acids). The lure releases the long-lasting attractant for up to five months. An Octenol lure #2882, active for two months, is also provided. This product is no longer included due to EPA regulations.
Trials have demonstrated good catch rates for the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus, A. polynesiensis), southern and northern house mosquitoes (Culex quinquefasciatus, C. pipiens), and malaria mosquitoes (Anopheles species). Carbon dioxide is not required to catch Aedes aegypti, A. polynesiensis, or A. albopictus, but it can be added as an attractant for other species.
The trap features a unique pop-up design. No tools are required for assembly. It operates on 120/240 volt AC electrical current, or from a 12 volt DC battery, available separately #2861A. To keep the battery charged and ready for use, see #2865 battery charger. The trap draws 300 mA of 12 VDC. A BG-Lure® and an Octenol lure are included, along with two catch bags and a two-handled green ripstop nylon carry bag. Dimensions: collapsed – diameter 35 cm, height 10 cm; assembled – diameter 35 cm, height ~40 cm. Weight: 1.5 kg (3.4 lbs.).
See #2883 for the BG Sentinel 2 updated model (2015) of this trap.
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