Tackling mosquito control without damaging the environment

Some Mosquitos are very deadly and lead to many life threatening diseases and epidemic outbreaks such as Malaria, Dengue and Zika virus

Larviciding is one of the most efficient methods of mosquito control. It targets the mosquito at the immature stages of its life cycle: the egg stage; the larva; and the pupae (the non-feeding stage prior to the mosquito becoming an adult). Spraying of larvicides can rapidly reduce the mosquito population in an affordable way and is used extensively. Unfortunately many larvicides can be hazardous to the environment, classified as ‘very toxic’ to aquatic organisms and may also affect human health.

 
 
 
   Aedes aegypti ,  the yellow fever mosquito, a mosquito that can spread Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Zika Fever, Mayaro and Yellow Fever viruses.

Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, a mosquito that can spread Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Zika Fever, Mayaro and Yellow Fever viruses.

Microbide is testing an alternative solution:

Microbide is currently undertaking licensing trials in India for a totally novel class of larvicide for use against Malaria and Dengue-carrying mosquitoes. If the Microbide's mosquito larvicide is granted market registration, it will be the first new, and only biodegradable chemical larvicide approved for use against Malaria and Dengue infected mosquitoes in >50 years.

The solution was tested on Anopheles arabiensis, the mosquito species that carries Malaria, and Aedes aegypti, the major culprit in Zika and Dengue Fever transmission. The results showed that the micellized aldehyde solutions were highly effective at killing the immature stages of both species of mosquito.

“When you spray the micellised aldehyde onto standing water or at the edge of a mosquito-infested stream or pond, the equilibrium changes, and the chemical is forced out [of the micelle] where it irreversibly binds with, and kills, immature mosquitoes on contact" says Mary Skelly (Microbide CEO).

For now, Microbide will be making its data public in line with a joint declaration from the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC and others, to share data on Zika. Hopefully, increasing access to such data like will accelerate efforts to combat this devastating, expanding outbreak.

 

 

Microbide Larvicides are:

  • Highly effective at killing the immature stages of both species of mosquito that carry Malaria and Dengue Fever

  • Biodegradable – after use it breaks down into CO2 and water

  • PH Neutral

  • Shelf stable for >3 years

  • Does not require pre-activation

  • Low-toxicity

  • Provided in easy-to-use, yet distinctive packaging

  • Are competitively priced