Technology is changing the way we do nearly everything in our lives. Technology has also changed the way we look at the problems in the world today. One of those major problems is mosquitoes. They are the deadliest animal on earth. Fortunately, there are many new technologies being developed to help eradicate this problem. Here are some examples of those very promising new technologies:
Sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, right? This technology was introduced in a 2010 TED talk by Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft CTO. The photonic fence detects mosquitoes by the sound of their wings flapping. The system then zaps the mosquito in the air with a low-power laser. Although this is some pretty cool technology, it has not yet taken off as a major solution to the mosquito problem.
CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing
Malaria resistant mosquitoes may soon be released in various parts of the world where malaria treatments are not easily accessible. Using CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing, scientists from Johns Hopkins University have pioneered mosquitoes that are resistant to malaria. By eliminating a gene in the mosquito that allows malaria to survive within them, the mosquito becomes resistant.
Thunderstorm Simulating Wristband
Mosquitoes are not particularly fond of thunderstorms. They will cease their blood-sucking ways to find shelter from the storm. Knowing this, Nopixgo came up with the idea for a thunderstorm simulating wearable. The device you wear on your wrist emits weak electromagnetic signals that simulate an approaching storm to mosquitoes. This product was created in Switzerland and is still in the very early stages of growth.
Genetically-Engineered Killer Mosquitoes
We know it sounds scary but don’t worry, it may actually help dramatically reduce the mosquito population! MosquitoMate, a Kentucky-based biotech company, has genetically modified male mosquitoes (the non-biting gender) by injecting them with poisonous mosquito insecticide. These males then mate with the females. Once the females lay their eggs, they do not hatch due to the pesticides.
Last but not least, we come to the award winning DynaTrap technology! The DynaTrap Insect Traps release CO2 that mimics human breath. The AtraktaGlo™ UV Light then lures mosquitoes, and the whisper quiet fan traps the insects in the catch basket. This safe, silent, and simple solution is a must-have for anyone who has any kind of insect problem!