Tires for Mosquito Control, How?
Here’s a Hint: It’s a Brilliant Low-Tech Trap!
What do we do when we know where mosquitoes love to breed? Easy. A DIY trap for getting rid of them.
A couple of Canadian researchers have developed a trap called Ovillanta – with the help from Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. It is a mosquito egg trap made up of 2 sections of used, discarded car tires. They are set up to look like a mouth and in it there’s a non-toxic solution added. A chemical pheromone, to be exact, is added to attract mosquitoes. There is also a wooden strip added inside the tires where a female mosquito can lay eggs.
The strip is removed analyzed every 2 weeks with the destroying of mosquito eggs and over time, the pheromones increase and it attracts even more mosquitoes. It becomes an irresistible trap.
According to the researchers, within a 10 month trial in Guatemala, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus were reduced. It was also reported to work better than traditional mosquito traps. Ovillanta is an environmentally friendly low-tech solution.
Read more and see DIY images at Gizmodo.com.