Biogents attends the 8th conference of the EMCA (European Mosquito Control Association) in Bečići, Montenegro, next week (March 12 – 16, 2017). Central thematic: Mosquito Control in a Changing Environment.
Come by and visit our booth, where we will present our products such as the new BG-Bowl, the BG-GAT, the BG-Counter, and the BG-Sentinel 2, as well as our contract research services!
Scientists all over the world can now track the growth of mosquito populations on their computers. German mosquito experts developed in cooperation with a company from Silicon Valley a new kind of high-tech equipment – a mosquito counting machine. The counter is now going into serial production. Recently, a demonstration model has come online at Lake Starnberg south of Munich, Germany. Since mid-June, it has been possible to track the increase in mosquito populations after the recent floods and even the times at which these insects are particularly active.
Last week, Microsoft announced that it was developing a similar mosquito trapping system, indicating that the demand for such intelligent mosquito traps is great and will continue to grow in the future.
The CDC recommends using the BG-Sentinel trap as a surveillance tool in the fight against tiger mosquitoes which transmit dengue fever, chikungunya fever, and the Zika virus. According to the CDC, the BG-Sentinel is one of the most highly used mosquito traps to collect adult tiger mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus).
Aedes albopictus is both a nuisance and a competent vector for various arthropod-borne pathogens. Although efficient traps for Ae. albopictus exist and are used for population monitoring, their use as a control tool has not yet been studied. We evaluated Biogents BG-Sentinel mosquito traps, used with the BG Lure, as control tools in northern Italy. Between 64% and 87% fewer Ae. albopictus individuals were collected by HLC at the intervention sites with the BG-Sentinel mosquito traps, as compared to the untreated control sites. These results indicate that the sustained use and proper placement of efficient mosquito traps can significantly reduce Ae. albopictus biting pressure.
40 to 50 BGS traps were utilized during an intensive 5-year surveillance as part of an ‘Area-wide Management Program for the Asian Tiger Mosquito’ in NJ, USA. The results are now published.
Four different traps, Biogents Sentinel trap (BG trap), Heavy Duty Encephalitis Vector Survey trap (EVS trap), Centres for Disease Control miniature light trap (CDC trap) and Mosquito Magnet Patriot Mosquito trap (MM trap) were compared in a 4×4 latin square study. In the years 2012 and 2013, more than seventy 24-hour trap comparisons were conducted at ten different locations in northern and southern Germany, representing urban, forest and floodplain biotopes.