Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) Mosquitoes Trap

The project is aiming to reduce or eliminate the dengue virus by using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to sterilize male mosquitoes causing infertility so that when it breeds with female mosquitoes, no mosquito larvae will be produced. A single female mosquito could lay up to 50 - 300 eggs at the time. With no mosquito larvae being produced, it greatly reduces the mosquito population and the ability of an dengue infected mosquito to pass the virus to her young. Less mosquitoes, fewer bites, lesser the transmission.

The project is aiming to reduce or eliminate the dengue virus by using the SIT (Sterile Insect Technique) to sterilize male mosquitoes causing infertility so that when it breeds with female mosquitoes, no mosquito larvae will be produced. The project addressed goal 3 of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which is “Good Health and Well Being.” This product is expected to be delivered within one in a half years.

Firstly it works by luring male mosquitoes with a speaker that plays the wing beat frequency of a female mosquito. Once a male mosquito enters, a sensor will detect its presence and closes the door of the trap. Once the door closes it triggers the Cobalt 60 ray to start operating and the process begins for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, the door opens and the mosquito is set free and the timer restarts waiting for the next mosquito. The trap is powered by an electricity socket.

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