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Severe Health Risks Increase Due to Mozzies

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Severe Health Risks Increase Due to Mozzies

January 2007

Australians must start actively breaking the breeding cycle of flying insects to avoid a catastrophic spread of a variety of diseases.

Fungi, viruses and diseases carried by insects are steadily increasing among the population.

Mosquitoes, sand flies and midge play a major part in spreading diseases such as Dengue and Ross River Fever.

A New South Wales business has created a clean and green innovation, which was used at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, to reduce or eliminate the breeding cycles of mosquitoes that carry these diseases.

By using a black light to attract the insects and a fan to create a downdraft into a tray filled with a mixture of detergent and water, the Bug Eater is unique in that it breaks the breeding cycle of night flying insects.

The company’s approach has given an alternative to products which use poisons and toxins, and is also an alternative to zapping, a method which has become renowned for spreading exploding body parts into the atmosphere.

The method of using detergent to break the water’s tension allows the smallest insects to be captured otherwise where they have been normally able to sit on the water surface and breed into many thousands.

Having tackled bogong moth problems at Stadium Australia during the 2000 Olympics and removed moth plagues at the Rod Laver stadium for the Australian Tennis Open in 2002, the household product has proved to be successful in controlling pests at venues hosting international events.

Bug Eaters are located in some 50,000 applications ranging from resorts and residences to food preparation and growing facilities.

When applied to horticulture or commercial applications the Bug Eater has controlled many of the insects that interfere with the production of food - both in the growing and manufacturing process.

There are already signs that the Bug Eater is severely curtailing airborne diseases in areas where the units have been installed for some time.

The World Health Authority (WHO) based in Fiji for the Pacific Region have three Bug Eater units and are looking at the results of the Bug Eater. The team there thinks eliminating the male mosquito to break the breeding cycle may be just the break through needed as the female is just not getting less and are increasing.

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