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Eco-friendliness: gentle on nature and the environment

Every time a human intervenes in nature, the natural ecosystem is influenced. That is why eco-friendliness is so important to Biogents. When developing the Biogents capturing technology, we considered a targeted approach in controlling mosquitoes that uses no toxins and does not eliminate a species. Biogents’ mosquito traps are ecofriendly and harmless for humans, pets and beneficial insects.

Targeted capture of mosquitoes in the outside is a relatively new method of control that is sustainable with a long-term effect, but does not achieve success from one day to the next. It takes a few days before there is a noticeable effect, and the traps must be in operation continuously over an extended period of time. Only this way the desired effect can be achieved.

Due to the traps’ unique design and the specific combination of luring stimuli, they predominantly capture mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects. This combination of stimuli is of no interest to other (beneficial) insects such as butterflies, ladybugs, or dragonflies; therefore they stay away from the trap. At the same time, though, there is no way to guarantee that these insects will not be sucked in by coincidence on occasion. However, this is very rare, so that it is insignificant for the respective ecosystem. By contrast, insecticides or UV-light traps are not selective: Either they kill all insect species fully indiscriminately or they even prefer those that have an important function as a pollinator in the ecosystem.

No toxic insecticides are used. The mosquitoes that are sucked in simply dry up and can be disposed of as compost. All of the attractants used that enter the atmosphere from the trap are in amounts similar to those emanated from a human at rest. Therefore, continuous use of the trap is safe for human health and the environment.

Ecologically compatible also means that no toxins are emitted into the environment. In this regard, the use of carbon dioxide (carbonic acid) would appear to be problematic at first glance. The amount of carbon dioxide used with the traps, though, is extremely small compared to exhausts from industry and cars: A trap emits less carbon dioxide per day than a human at rest. Besides that, the carbon dioxide gas in the compressed gas cylinders is predominantly a by-product of the synthesis of other substances so that it is not produced separately from fossil fuels. Accordingly, it is environment neutral and climate neutral. The carbon dioxide used is safe in terms of food protection and the same as that used in the production of bubbly beverages and when draught beer is served in a restaurant.

The power consumption of the traps is very low (less than 4 watts, i.e. approx. 0.1 kW per day). This corresponds approximately to the consumption of individual entertainment electronics devices in the standby mode.