Revision of the three existing traps with a focus on the elaboration of the family character of the models, on the requirements of the given target groups, on ecological sustainability as well as on increased user-friendliness using the existing patents.
At present, half of humanity is permanently threatened by diseases. These are transmitted by mosquitoes and slow down economic and social development. The disease is not only the result of underdevelopment but also contribute to it. The work comprises three types of traps; these differ in the respective target groups and their claims.
The first target group is made up of researchers (entomologists), health authorities and physicians. Their primary aim is to monitor and control mosquito populations. A further group of buyers is formed by private individuals and public institutions in industrialised countries, who hope for a better quality of life through environmentally friendly protection. A last target group is a large number of private individuals and authorities from countries where mosquito-borne diseases are endemic. These include malaria, dengue & yellow fever, which are mainly found in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. The trap offers reliable protection against the disease vectors and is optimised for a low sales price. By catching the insects, their number is minimised along with the risk of infection.
The designs were developed, tested, optimised and realised in close cooperation with the company Biogents AG in Regensburg. The traps were designed for continuous use and can be transported and assembled on-site by one person. The modular design preferably fulfils the desired application. Thus, the required trap configuration can be individually assembled according to the mosquito population, location, transport volume and existing infrastructure. The use of cross-model components results in a uniform interface; any exchange or addition of luring stimuli is thus possible.