NASA Spinoff Database: Pesticide-Free Device a Fatal Attraction for Mosquitoes

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 2005
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-121
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: NASA Technical Assistance/nasa Heating Elements

The Mosquito Killing System utilizes a unique heating source inspired by NASA, along with carbon dioxide, to lure mosquitoes within a 1-acre radius. Since mosquitoes' natural hunting" techniques involve heat sensing and carbon dioxide detection the Mosquito Killing System employs heat and the carbon dioxide to mimic body temperatures and breathing patterns of humans livestock poultry and domestic pets. Every 6 to 9 minutes the killing system cycles through various temperatures and releases carbon dioxide to attract the mosquito. Once inside the unit the mosquito is forced by a vacuum-powered fan into a grid that provides an electrical charge to safely eliminate the insect. The remains are then expelled through the bottom of the unit where they can either be collected by an attached mesh bag for disposal or returned naturally to the environment. The Mosquito Killing System is equipped with a photocell that turns the unit on at dusk making it energy efficient (Estimated operational cost is $6 to $8 a month).Unlike products that use propane or chemicals the Mosquito Killing System is as environmentally friendly as having an additional tree in the yard since it stores carbon dioxide and releases it back into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide provides a safe alternative to chemicals and pesticides found in competing products because it is non-flammable non-explosive and non-toxic."

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Page Number in Published book: 74-75
Manufacturer: Arctic Products, Inc.

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