If you’re concerned about the Zika virus or simply keen to prevent pesky mosquito bites, you may not have to use DEET-filled sprays or citronella candles anymore. Canada-based Greenlid Envirosciences decided there had to be a better alternative, so they designed Biotrap, a mosquito trap that is both biodegradable and compostable.
Biotraps are designed to help protect against mosquito-borne diseases, and they’re easy to use. All a person needs is to add water and the trap takes care of the rest. Greenlid Envirosciences even recommends using dirty water for convenience in both rural and urban areas, and no upkeep is required.
Biotraps include “both attractant and environmentally safe insecticide,” drawing in female mosquitoes, according to the company. There’s only about 0.0125 grams of the insecticide Bifenthrin in each Biotrap, and Greenlid Envirosciences said the minimal concentration means the trap is non-toxic. The trap acts as a “simulated breeding ground” that kills off both the female mosquito and the larvae. It’s highly effective too. According to Greenlid Envirosciences, the Biotraps eliminate more than 95 percent of the larvae.
The waterproof, compostable containers are made with “end-life recycled cardboard” and will break down in four to six weeks. They’ve already been deployed to Brazil, Colombia, Florida, Pakistan, and Hawaii. The Australian government has also ordered Biotraps to protect against Queensland dengue outbreaks, and Greenlid Envirosciences is seeking to work with other agencies and governments to help people in regions with outbreaks of mosquito-borne illness.
Soon you can order your own Biotrap via an Indiegogo campaign that launches July 18. Greenlid Envirosciences will donate one Biotrap for each trap purchased through partners Direct Relief and the International Medical Corps. You can sign up for updates here.
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