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sticky trap sampling

Two women stand facing each other in a hallway, looking at an opened sticky trap that the woman on the left is holding in her gloved hands. The trap appears to be thoroughly covered in captured arthropods.

Sabita Ranabhat, a master’s student (left), and Xiaodan Pan, a Ph.D. student (right) at Rutgers University, examine a sticky trap in a study of nuisance arthropods. The study found that, of 1.587 apartments in New Jersey sampled with sticky traps, 42 percent contained nuisance arthropods. Flies were the group most prevalent in the traps, followed in turn by beetles, spiders, ants, booklice, and “other.” (Photo courtesy of Changlu Wang, Ph.D).

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