Recent efforts by the City of Atlantic Beach to deter spraying pesticides to control mosquitoes has exacerbated the need for highly effective-yet-acceptable green alternative solutions.
The purpose of the demonstration project is two-fold: to observe the level of efficacy of the INZECTO Mosquito Traps in public area with high foot-traffic and to evaluate where the traps may be deployed in other parts of the city.
The outdoor areas surrounding the City of Atlantic Beach’s City Hall and Public Safety Building are the proving grounds for a non-spraying, environmentally friendly mosquito control demonstration that is people, animal, and beneficial insect friendly.
The installation took place on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Several dozen INZECTO Mosquito Traps marked with small signs were placed in shaded areas around the City Hall complex. They will remain in place for three (3) months during peak mosquito-breeding season.
The demonstration is fully funded and managed by INZECTO. The company has developed its new technology with the Urban Entomology Department at the University of Florida’s with the initial research funded by the Pentagon. The Department of Defense wanted pest control devices that would be easy to use by deployed American troops to protect them from disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The INZECTO Mosquito Trap is a mosquito killing device made of partially recycled plastic with ribbed sides, red and black colors that are highly preferred by resting and egg-laying female mosquitoes that bite. The trap requires minimal maintenances and is simply activated by adding water. The mosquitoes enter the trap to lay their eggs and 100% of the mosquito larvae are killed by the micro-dose coating of insecticides embedded into the plastic. The insecticides are inside the trap for no contact.
Female mosquitoes lay hundreds of eggs every seven (7) to twelve (12) days. The INZECTO Mosquito Trap greatly disrupts the breeding cycle of mosquitoes. As a result, the number of female-biting mosquitoes are significantly reduced.
The mosquito is the deadliest animal on the planet, killing more than 800,000 people a year from the transmission of deadly viruses through bites.
Due to global warming and a growing resistance to pesticides, mosquito seasons start earlier and ends later. Mosquito populations continue to migrate and can be found in nearly every corner of the world creating an exponential increase in the number of mosquitoes, bites, transmissions, illnesses, and deaths. Proactive mosquito prevention and control will play a vital role in the future of vector disease prevention.
“As an inventor of the INZECTO mosquito trap, I am happy to help provide to Atlantic Beach city hall a brand-new technology to help control of mosquitoes. Placement of the traps in Atlantic Beach will help safeguard residents from the nuisance of biting mosquitoes while respecting its fragile environment.” Dr. Phil Koehler, Emeritus Professor, University of Florida
“A viable alternative to spraying pesticides while controlling the mosquito population would be a win-win for our community and the planet. We are delighted to participate in this demonstration.” Ellen Glasser, Mayor, City of Atlantic Beach, Florida
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