Currently, half of the world’s population is permanently threatened by diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Well known examples are malaria, dengue or yellow fever, which occur mainly in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and their hinder economic and social development. While the diseases are not only the result of underdevelopment, they are also caused by it.
At the beginning, various laboratory tests with different prototypes were conducted to understand the influence of trap geometries and dimensions on the behavior of the mosquitoes. It proved to be difficult to reach the highest possible attractiveness for the insects while also complying with the user requirements. Ultimately, over 25 prototypes were tested to optimize both the efficacy of the trap in catching mosquitoes and the usability for the end user.
Three different trap variations were developed. All of them incorporate the core trapping technology but differ in their features and the targeted end user group. End user groups include:
- Researchers and professional mosquito control operators
- Private consumers searching for protection against mosquito borne diseases
- Commercial and private users who want to reduce the mosquito nuisance in gardens and other outdoor locations.
Designer : Philipp Kupfer
The traps attract mosquitoes through a combination of white and dark contrasting color and a combination of chemical compounds which imitates the odor of human skin. Additionally CO2 can be added as an attractant which simulates the exhaled breath of potential hosts. The trap functions on a counterflow principle. A ventilator disperses the attractants and forms an attractive odor plume similar to human convection currents. This leads mosquitoes to the trap’s entry where they are sucked into a collection bag and confined even in the event of a power outage. All traps in the product range reduce the local mosquito population without the use of insecticides or pesticides.
The required trap configuration can be assembled individually according to the mosquito population, location, transport volumes and existing infrastructure of a specific region. This development project was prepared, tested and optimized in cooperation with Biogents AG.
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