Mosquito Habitat Mapper

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Mosquitoes are the world’s most dangerous animal, but monitoring efforts can bring early warning of potential disease outbreaks. With the GLOBE Observer app, citizen scientists can report potential mosquito habitat and the presence of mosquito larvae. Paired with satellite observations of temperature, water and vegetation, scientists can forecast a communities’ risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

Integrate Mosquito Habitat Mapper into your programming by conducting a mosquito habitat audit around your facility or playing a fun game of mosquito-themed bingo.

Featured Activities

Mosquito Teller

(Carts - Presentations - Classes)

Get hands-on education and engagement with this scientific twist on the foldable "fortune teller"

Make a Mosquito Trap

(Carts - Classes)

Help establish a mosquito "surveillance network" by building mosquito traps with inexpensive supplies

Zika Zapp Bingo


Familiarize participants with the wide variety of habitats used by container mosquitoes.

Resource Library


Books, Videos and Presentations

Printables and Promotional Materials

Find activities to integrate into carts, demonstrations, classes and more.

Add books, videos and presentations to your program.

Promote your program with these resources and give visitors something to bring home.

Quick Facts

Why should I monitor mosquitoes? Do I have to do all the steps?  What diseases do mosquitoes carry? Are mosquitoes dangerous? Is it safe to monitor mosquitoes? How do I protect myself from mosquitoes? Is there only one kind of mosquito? What are the stages of the mosquito life cycle? When am I most likely going to see mosquitoes? Where do mosquitoes live? What do scientists do with my observations? How do scientists use satellites to study mosquitoes?

Be prepared for participant questions with these handy mosquito FAQs.


Tips and Troubleshooting



While mosquito larvae are harmless, adult mosquitoes may be present. Female mosquitoes bite and can potentially transmit disease. Ask participants to wear long sleeves and apply insect repellant. Protect yourself and participants from contaminated water sources by providing gloves and safety goggles. Trash, like water bottles and plastic bags, can become mosquito habitat when they collect water. If your participants will be cleaning up trash, provide gloves and trash grabbers. Remind participants that they should not handle any trash that appears unsafe.



Scout out potential habitats a few days prior to your program. If you are having trouble finding potential habitats at your site, consider setting a mosquito larvae trap. Only collect samples and eliminate habitats in areas where you have permission to do so.


Presentation Tips

If identifying larvae, move the sample inside, where participants are less likely to encounter adult mosquitoes. Practice identifying larva and using the clip-on microscope prior to your program. Encourage participants to do their best at larvae identification, but remind them that researchers can consult the original photos to verify identification.

Determine the internet connectivity of your location. If you are providing devices, ensure that the app is downloaded and updated prior to the program. If participants will be using their own devices, ensure that they will have internet access or ask them to download the app prior to their arrival.

Sharing the app on a smartphone is fine for individual interactions, but you may wish to use a tablet with groups so that everyone can see what's on the screen. Ask for volunteers to complete each step so that everyone gets a chance to contribute to the observation.



Be sure the app is allowed to access location services; otherwise, any attempted data entries will not go through.




Clouds carry water over great distances. This water, in the form of precipitation, affects both land cover and mosquito habitat.

< Land Cover       Mosquitoes >

This section will feature a scientist who uses GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper data.

This section will feature a satellite image, along with an explanation of how citizen science data helps us study mosquito habitat.