Eco Biotraps: BMC to launch eco-friendly device to curb vector-borne diseases

Source: The post is based on the article “BMC to launch eco-friendly device to curb vector-borne diseases” published in The Hindustan Times on 25th April 2023.

What is the News?

Recently, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced the launch of a pilot project called ‘Eco Biotraps’. The project aims to prevent the spread of vector-borne infections in the city.

What is Eco Biotraps?

It is an eco-friendly trap with ‘attractants’ that attract female mosquitoes and lay eggs in the biotrap water. These traps are made from recycled cardboard.

Eco Biotraps consists of a small bag containing a mixture of attractant and insecticide. These traps are filled with water and placed in mosquito-infested areas.

The attractant and insecticide (Insect Growth Regulator granules) in the trap bag are immediately mixed with water. After which, the attractant in the water attracts the female mosquito to lay her eggs there. The insecticide present in the water destroys the mosquito eggs.

The attractants and insecticides used in this trap are safe for humans.

What is the significance of Eco Biotraps?

The Eco Biotraps is the world’s first ‘passive’ and eco-friendly device and has been patented in 50 countries including India.

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