I will show some of the traps that did catch wild mosquitos in pictures. Also pictured are with the larvae that hatched that would have gone after us. All these click the case studies to view them. To see the methods I used click the above sub-heading "Case Studies" Want ot build one yourself try DIY.
Our traps do not stop existing mosquitos from biting, we have a more important goal, to stop them before they can spread disease and eliminate them by killing their offspring. Our traps go after Mosquitos that have already bit a human and are looking for a place to lay eggs. Which the misquitoes are looking for a source of water for the eggs. We provide this water for them as the lure/bait.
Once a AE mosquito bites and ingests enough blood a person it takes a few days where it hides which could be under a bed, in a closet or outside next to a plant while the eggs are matured about 2-4 days. This could be from 20 to 200 eggs depending on how much blood was ingested. Our goal, is provide an easy or the most accessible path for this this mosquito. So providing easy access locations all over the home and outdoors to lay the eggs, if they had just bitten a person with diseases like dengue or zika we can stop them from re-emerging before they are even able to pass on these diseases. Once a mosquito bites an infected person it is reported it takes 7 or more days before they can transmit the disease on. Thus that is up to two egg laying cycles. We hope to catch this mosquito in the first egg laying cycle because it is noted in literature they like to lay eggs in each cycle in multiple locations if available. We provide the multiple potential locations.
Now why do we know they go to water traps like this, well the US military invented a OVI-trap 17 years ago that they put poison in and use to do mosquito estimate counts. These are used by vector control departments around the world. Ours is different in we do not use poisons; we allow the mosquito to enter but she cannot exit. It has been found where they use poisons the mosquitos become resistant to that poison.
The old school lethal ovitrap hopes that there is enough poison that the female lands on and she later dies, but she does leave the trap because it is an opening and there is no stopping her from biting again and again or knowing if she died. (just check lethal ovitrap in wiki, or click here ) I have read they have in Australia used lethal ovitraps in a 20 block radius and did contain a dengue outbreak as one experiment and decreased the AE mosquito density significantly. But the problems with these traps are the poisons can be harmful to the environment and they have a life of 4 or so weeks. So if not taken care of maintained they become a breeding sites themselves. And human nature is to forget about the, or some or some locations. So from the past use of monitoring we do know any black container with a hole and contains non-chlorinated water, best if rainwater can be a breeding ground of a mosquito. This is a given, and thus we know and our own testing of our traps we caught mosquitos.
Our magic sauce (one of those why didn’t I think of that) to how ours works, is we did is researched how can this breeding ground be sealed off yet allow them to enter, but not let them exit. A one-way trap or a dead end trap, the first in the world with no electricity and no sticky stuff and no poisons. It took us several integrations to do this. These mosquitoes are more resourceful than one would have expected. We made use of the natural instinct to find the water to lay eggs, and their ingenuity to get there at all costs when they are looking for a higher water vapor to air content. Then once in it we deceive them with their ability to detect the fresh air with screening that has a higher air to moisture level where they cannot get out, and where they actually entered is a non-obvious path to crawling or flying to. My testing showed this design to be 98 percent efficient, 4 mosquitos escaped out of roughly 200 or more. I will show my testing method used for trap design.
These one-way traps should be placed on all house vents, and septic vents too. And with the stand alone traps ones should be in each bedroom of the house and one near any existing doors. And they should be places outside near doors and windows around the home and at the perimeter of the property.
These will be very low cost to the public. Or do-it-yourself (DIY) and we will make do it yourself kits for under USD$1.00 each. For this we do need donations to tool these up, so please click on the donations tab, we even have some items you can buy to help support us. Also you still have to remove other sources of breeding grounds as noted, tires, containers, cover septic vents with one of our traps, house vents with one of our traps and so on that would also compete, give alternative breeding locations with our trap.
Below is a stand alone trap that did catch mosqutoes.