Greenlid Biotraps Will Be Deployed at 2016 Olympics, Protecting Athletes Against The Spread of Zika Virus
TORONTO, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Greenlid Envirosciences launches its newest patented product, Biotrap, the world's first biodegradable mosquito trap designed to target and eliminate female mosquitoes and their larvae and stop the spread of Zika Virus, Dengue, Malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
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Greenlid Envirosciences has donated Biotraps to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to assist in protecting Canadian athletes and their families and friends around Canada Olympic House and the Team's Performance Centre.
"We designed a waterproofing technology for our original Greenlid biodegradable compost bin and saw that we can apply the same technology for other more wide-spread uses," says Dr. Wyatt, Co-founder of Greenlid Envirosciences. "With some manipulations to the bin, we were able to simulate the breeding ground of the female mosquito to lure them in and prevent them from producing more mosquitoes that may spread diseases like Dengue, Zika, Yellow Fever, Malaria and so many others that affect nearly 1 million people every year."
Based on patented waterproofing technology, created by founder Dr. Morgan Wyatt, Biotraps are low-cost, easy to deploy and are effective for up to 4-6 weeks before disintegrating. Lined with minimal amounts of insecticide (Bifenthrin), the trap lures in the female simulating a breeding ground and kills her.
Over the past 18 months, Greenlid Envirosciences has been working with Australian health officials to combat the spread of Dengue Fever across the country. Over 1,000 Biotraps were deployed and shown to last for six weeks in both wet and dry conditions on a variety of surfaces (concrete, mulch, and dirt). During this time, the kill rate was established as greater than 95% within 5 minutes of making contact with Biotraps. The Australian government has now begun purchasing Biotraps to control Dengue Fever outbreaks in their region.
Greenlid Envirosciences aims to donate and deploy at least 100,000 Biotraps in 2016. For every Biotrap purchased, one Biotrap will be donated to communities that are affected by mosquito-borne illnesses through charity partners; Direct Relief and International Medical Corps across 10 countries.
You can view our crowdfunding campaign to get more details about Biotrap and the work that Greenlid Envirosciences is doing to decimate the mosquito population on a global scale. Supporters of this project can expect that their donations will reach communities beginning in fall of 2016.
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