A new weapon to help 'fight the bite' from America's most unwanted species; the aggressive, disease-carrying, Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has just been released by Envirosafe Technologies N.Z. Ltd, the makers of Mega-Catch™ mosquito traps.
Auckland, NZ (PRWEB) August 14, 2009 -- The patent-pending, Mega-Catch™ 3000 combo lure developed by and exclusive to Mega-Catch™, is designed to enhance trap performance and increase capture rates. The EPA approved combination lure incorporates synthetic Octenol, lactic acid and other ingredients specifically formulated, then blended to attract the Asian Tiger and other nuisance mosquitoes, sand flies, black flies and biting midges (no-see-ums).
The use of attractant lures in mosquito traps has been shown to significantly increase capture rates of most mosquito species. Mega-Catch™ report that in tests conducted using traps baited with a combination of Octenol and lactic acid, the capture of various mosquito species including the Asian tiger, was two to three times greater than traps baited with Octenol alone.
"We feel that you can use attractants in a trapping strategy to divert mosquitoes away from biting people," says USDA entomologist Dr Daniel Kline. "If you can keep them from biting people you can stop the disease transmission".
Globally there are over 3,500 different species of mosquitoes, 175 of them in the U.S. However it's the Asian Tiger that is widely regarded as the most invasive mosquito species in the world. Since its accidental introduction into the United States through a shipment of used car tires in Houston back in 1985, the Asian Tiger mosquito has continued to flourish. Stealthy and resilient, they have thwarted most efforts at control and eradication.
By combining rigorous research and technological innovation, Mega-Catch™ claim to have produced one of the best mosquito traps on the market, and significantly, one that captures the Asian Tiger. Professor Yap Han Heng from the Vector Control Research Unit, School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia advised on and tested Mega-Catch™ trap designs in South East Asia. Tests that he carried out in a reserve forest at Minden Campus in the Penang Island caused him to conclude that Mega-Catch™ traps were effective against the Asian Tiger mosquito in outdoor conditions in tropical environments.
The Asian Tiger mosquito is medically significant because of its aggressive daytime human-biting behavior and ability to transmit debilitating, even deadly diseases with a single bite. In laboratory settings the Asian Tiger has been found to be a successful vector of over 30 arboviruses including Dengue fever, Chikungunya, various strains of Encephalitis and West Nile virus - a serious, life-altering and even fatal disease.
In 2008 alone the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1356 cases of West Nile throughout the U.S. resulting in 44 deaths. Expert opinion suggests that West Nile is now well established and is probably here to stay. Because there is no vaccine, and no specific treatment, the best way to prevent West Nile virus is by taking personal precautions like wearing insect repellent, and reducing the number of mosquitoes around the home with products like mosquito traps - daily trapping during the season interrupts breeding cycles, dramatically reducing mosquito numbers.
"Our traps have been subjected to exhaustive field tests in some of the world's worst mosquito-infested areas," reports Mega-Catch™ General Manager Mike Bremner. "From that we've produced one of the safest, most effective and environmentally friendly mosquito traps available," says Bremner.
The company maintains their traps also provide superior performance, more versatile features, proven reliability, and a customer-friendly design. More importantly, in independent testing, the Mega-Catch™ brand usually seems to come out on top, and the results are impressive - thousands of mosquitoes captured in a single night, in many cases. At those rates, it only takes about two months to collapse a local mosquito population, reducing the risk of West Nile virus or any other mosquito-borne diseases.
Unlike conventional mosquito traps, Mega-Catch™ traps employ a wide range of visual stimuli to attract mosquitoes. This is particularly important in the case of daytime biters like the Asian Tiger mosquito which rely on visual cues, as well as chemical cues, to find their targets.
The Mega-Catch™ 3000 combo lure has been designed to enhance the existing design features of all Mega-Catch™ traps so as to increase capture rates of targeted mosquito species like the Asian tiger. And with July, August and September regarded as peak mosquito reproduction months West Nile season is officially here!
"This new lure will literally be a godsend for those people living in states where the Asian Tiger is now rampant," predicts Bremner.
Mega-Catch™ is a member of the American Mosquito Control Association and a responsible manufacturer who recommends using mosquito traps in conjunction with other sensible control measures designed to manage mosquito problems.
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