A sticky trap designed to capture gravid Aedes
mosquitoes, MosquiTRAP, has been evaluated for monitoring this species in Brazil. However, the effects of trap densities on the capture rate of Ae. aegypti
females and the sensitivity of vector detection are still unknown. After a preliminary study has identified areas of high and low female mosquito abundance, a set of experiments was conducted in four neighbourhoods of Belo Horizonte (state of Minas Gerais, Brazil) using densities of 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 traps per block. Trap sensitivity (positive Mosquitrap traptrap index) increased significantly when 1-8 MosquiTRAPs were installed per block in both high and low abundance areas. A strong fit was obtained for the total number of mosquitoes captured with increasing trap densities through a non-linear function (Box-Lucas) (r2
= 0,994), which likely exhibits saturation towards an equilibrium level. The capacity of the mean female Aedes
index to distinguish between areas of high and low Ae. aegypti
abundance was also investigated; the achieved differentiation was shown to be dependent on the MosquiTRAP density.