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31 October 2023

Zika Mozzie Seeker (ZMS) aims to increase confidence that ‘Zika mozzies’ (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) have not invaded our region. Zika mozzies are a highly invasive mosquito species that can spread exotic diseases such as Zika and dengue.

Metro South Health partners with budding citizen scientists to periodically create extensive and temporary trap networks in our backyards. To get involved, simply register and an ‘egg collection kit’ will be posted to you. All you need to provide is a bucket of water to assemble your DIY mosquito trap. After a few weeks, you can mail the eggs in (postage paid) to Metro South Health for counting, then they will be screened for Zika mozzie DNA by Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services.

Each participant will receive an SMS text message with the number of eggs collected and the results of DNA screening. De-identified results are shared as egg abundance ‘heat maps’ on the ZMS website.

By participating, you ensure there are no Zika mozzies in your yard and increase public health confidence that the mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus have not invaded our region. Since 2017, more than 500,000 eggs have been collected from 172 suburbs without a detection of Zika mozzies.

Sign up here to be a Zika Mozzie Seeker.

Short on time but just want to know ‘What is that mozzie?’. Consider being a Mozzie Monitor by downloading the app and submitting a photo!

Last updated 31 October 2023
Last reviewed 31 October 2023

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