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OPERATION MOSQUITO G.R.I.D.

Growth Reduction & Increased Detection

Mobilizing citizen scientists to get mosquitoes off the grid

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Step 1:
Create your Agent File

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Step 2 & 3:
Clear Your Yard of enemy hideouts

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Step 4 & 5:
Submit Weekly Evidence of mosquito eggs in Lure

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Step 6:
Take Agent assessment for full credit

Step 1: Creating your Agent File

Welcome Agent! By now you should have signed up on our website. You will be submitting more information about yourself and sending us your intel through Google Forms. If you or your guardian do not have a Google email account, please create one now. You MUST also have a parent or guardian fill out the permission form emailed to you. Once all of these are complete you will receive your lure. In the meantime, watch this video to learn how to prepare your yard.

 

Step 2 & 3: Clear Your Yard of Enemy Hideouts

Mosquitoes of all ages may be living in your yard.

STEP 2: Take a Before Photo & Prep your Yard

Take "Before" photos using a camera or a smartphone before you clear out all the water and containers sitting around your yard. Submit the "Before" photos to headquarters using the link provided to you.

If you received a water sampling kit, containing a small, clear sample cup with a lid and a dropper inside a resealable bag, take samples of any water you might find trapped in containers around your home and send them to us for analysis. If you did not receive a water sampling kit, skip the next paragraph.

To collect a water sample, use the dropper to transfer a sample of any trapped (stagnant) water you find into the clear sample cup provided. Be sure to leave some space for air! Snap the lid on firmly and place the cup with the sample into the resealable bag. Seal tightly! Place the sample in a location where you'll remember to take it to school. Return your bag with the sample cup, to the specially marked return bin at school. We will analyze your water sample and report to you what we find. Please return your water sample by the deadline. 

Now, clear your yard of sources- items that can hold trapped (stagnant) water. These sources may have mosquito eggs around the edges of the water or on the surface of the water and may be growing baby mosquitoes. Eliminate these sources to be sure that female mosquitoes lay eggs in the lure and not in other items ideal for mosquito growth.

STEP 3: Place Lure & Take an After Photo

Choose a location for your detection lure that is cool and sheltered from the wind.  It's important to pick a safe location where it won't be tipped over. Use that location for the whole program.

To label your egg papers you'll need the agent number written on your bag and your lure. On the right hand, clipped corner, write down your agent number and the first luring date underneath. On the second paper, use the same process, but write the second luring date. The date on the paper is when you will fill and place your lure. On the date assigned to start Week One of detection, you'll use the egg paper with the current date. Roll it with the date and the line on the inside and place it into the lure. With the paper in place, slowly fill the lure with water while turning. This will keep the paper from lifting up.  You want to keep the top edge of the paper at or below the rim of the lure. Fill it until the water reaches the line drawn on the paper. Place your lure in the spot you have picked out and leave it there for the whole week.

 

After setting your lure, you will take "After" photos of your cleared yard. Make sure your detection lure is visible in one of the after photos. Submit the after photos to Headquarters using the link provided.

Check the lure regularly to make sure it hasn't been tipped over.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Question: What needs to be cleaned or removed from my yard?

​Watch this video for items to look for and either toss out or store away.

Question: How do I find my agent number? 

Your agent number is written on the lure and on your resealable bag. You will use

your unique agent number for every submission.

Question: How do I set up my lure?

​Watch this video for a step-by-step guide to set up the lure.

Question: Where do I place my lure?

​ To identify the best place for a lure, watch this video.

Question:  What if I haven’t received my lure kit?

Check your email for an expected delivery date. If more than 2 days have passed

since your expected delivery date, email us at Ecohealth@sgvmosquito.org.

Question: What if my lure kit is incomplete?

Your kit should include:

(1) Lure cup,

(1) Spike,

(3) Sheets of egg paper,

(1) Resealable bag,

(1) Pencil,

(1) Checklist and Calendar Sheet

If your lure is missing a resealable bag, you can use a plastic bag that can be zipped and can fit the egg papers once folded. If you are missing a pencil, you can use a #2 pencil or any graphite pencil you have at home. Please do not use a marker or pen because these can bleed.  If you are missing either the cup, spike, or the sheets of paper, email us at Ecohealth@sgvmosquito.org.

Question: What if I can’t use the spike?

If placing the lure on soft dirt, use the spike. If the surface is hard, don't use the spike. If you are not using the spike, make sure the lure is sitting on a flat surface, if you're not using the spike so it won't tip over. Save the unused spike and return it with the lure at the end of the project. With the area clear of water and containers, female Aedes have only one place to lay their eggs - your detection lure!

 

Question: What if I can’t place my lure at my home?

Email us at Ecohealth@sgvmosquito.org.

 

Question: What if my lure is damaged?

If your lure is damaged during a luring week, it’s okay! Science is messy and accidents happen. The important thing is to report it! Please describe the damage in your weekly photo submission form. We will contact you to replace the lure.

 

Question: What if I could not collect data this week?

If something unexpected occurred and you could not collect data during one the data collection weeks, please provide a brief note in your weekly photo submission form and do not submit any photos.

 

Question: Where do I submit my photos?

Please submit your photos weekly on this link. You can also find the submission form in your weekly emails.

 

Question: What if I can't submit my photos?

1) Check connectivity. Are you connected to your Wi-Fi or do you have a strong LTE signal?

2) How big is the photo? We only accept 100MB for each photo and a maximum of 5 photos from each agent weekly

 

Question: How do I send back my lure?

Kits must be returned at the end of the project. You will receive an email with return instructions near the end of the project. If your luring weeks have ended and you have not received an email, please email us at Ecohealth@sgvmosquito.org.

 

Question: What if I cannot continue participating in Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D.?

We are sad to see you go. Please send us an email at Ecohealth@sgvmosquito.org and we will provide you with instructions for returning your materials.

 

Question: I have a (sibling, cousin, friend) that lives with me who is doing the same project. Can they set a lure in the same yard/place as my lure?

Yes, more than one person can lure from the same address. For full credit, each person must use their unique agent number.

 
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Step 4 & 5: Submit Weekly Evidence of Mosquito eggs in Lure

 At the end of each week, reset the lure with a new egg paper and fresh water. Take photos of the paper and submit your photos using the link provided.  Once the paper from the previous week has dried COMPLETELY, save it in the resealable bag. Be sure to reset the lure weekly, or those eggs can become flying adults.

Returning your Kit

Rinse out and dry the lure and place it in the box with the other items. Return the detection lure, it's spike, and the bag with both papers inside to headquarter's return bin. The location of the return bin will be announced.

  

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Question: The water level is too low. Should I refill it?

No. Mosquitoes will detect the water residue and will continue to lay their eggs

in the lure. Only refill when you re-set your lure with a new egg paper.

Question: What if my lure is damaged?

If your lure is damaged during a luring week, it’s okay! Science is messy and accidents happen. The important thing is to report it! Please describe the damage in your weekly photo submission form. We will contact you to replace the lure.

 

Question: What if I could not collect data this week?

If something unexpected occurred and you could not collect data during one the data collection weeks, please provide a brief note in your weekly photo submission form and do not submit any photos.

 

Question: Where do I submit my photos?

Please submit your photos weekly on this link. You can also find the submission form in your weekly emails.

 

Question: What if I can't submit my photos?

1) Check connectivity. Are you connected to your Wi-Fi or do you have a strong LTE signal?

2) How big is the photo? We only accept 100MB for each photo and a maximum of 5 photos from each agent weekly

 

Step 6: Take Agent Assessment for Full Credit

Your intel is critical to clearing mosquitoes off the GRID. But we still need your support. Your job is to keep your home mosquito-free. Go around your property and inspect for dangerous mosquitoes once a week. Be on the lookout for future surveys to inform us about your continued mosquito reduction activities. 


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