Tackling Mosquitoes


To tackle the alarming mosquito problem and curb the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, Rajesh Jogpal, the municipal commissioner of Panchkula, Haryana, said that they would soon install mosquito-killing machines developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The technology was developed by NASA in 1995 during the global outbreak of the West Nile virus.

Panchkula has been under the threat of mosquito-borne diseases for many years. In 2016, 186 cases of dengue and 179 cases of malaria were reported in the region. Last year, the numbers stood at 95 cases of dengue and 182 for malaria. NASA scientists discovered that mosquitoes are attracted to the heat generated from our skin.

Based on the research, the scientists developed a heat blanket that mimicked the skin of humans and poultry animals. They also discovered that the carbon dioxide produced by our breath attracted the pests. The scientists incorporated a mechanism that cycled carbon dioxide, tricking mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are lured into an  electrical grid that shocks them to death. Furthermore, the setup is automated, switching on at dusk and switching off at dawn, thus making it eco-friendly.

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