The Sustainability Chair recently put the word out about a potential way for the community to work together to help with mosquito abatement. As part of these ongoing efforts, the Town has ordered GAT (Gravid Aedes Traps) mosquito traps, which are pesticide free and that will be available to members of the public for a $15 donation per trap beginning July 11 (available for pick up at Town Hall during normal business hours). The traps are designed to collect gravid Aedes mosquitoes looking for a “safe” place to lay their eggs. We suggest getting one each for the front yard and back yard—-to replace mosquito habitat with an artificial breeding habitat trap which can further reduce mosquito populations. They are currently also being locally deployed in Takoma Park and University Park.
Just in case you need a few more details they work by attracting female mosquitoes that enter a transparent chamber through a funnel. Once in the chamber mosquitoes try to escape through the translucent part where they are exposed to a sticky surface, oil or insecticides and perish. No nasty environmental side effects. They have been around for about 16 years in Germany, Brazil and Australia but are just getting traction in the US.
Here is a website that sums up the work at University Park:
Image from: https://us.biogents.com/bg-gat/
For Pick up: Contact the Town Clerk at Brentwood Town Hall and for general questions on their use, feel free to contact Liz Marshall (email@example.com) or Jerry Burgess (firstname.lastname@example.org)