Discussion in 'The big picture' started by murray, Jun 3, 2006.
Bt is Bacillus thuringiensis, so Bt Israelensis (see link) would be a strain of it.
Do you think, Bacillus thuringiensis readily available in local nurseries as "Dipel"; would work just as well as a mosquito killer????
I wish I had a decent answer. I only know what the mighty internet tells me, and it tells me that "Mosquito Dunks" and "Mosquito Bits" are the product names for the Bt Israelensis.
Dipel for caterpillers might work on 'squitters. I honestly, don't know. If is survives in water, it might.
If you try it out and it works, please let us know.
I had dengue fever in 1997, and I thought I was going to die.. and I couldn't have cared less. My joints all hurt, I was swimming in my own sweat, my eyes hurt, and the pnly thing worse than aasitting in bed all day was trying to sleep.
Mossie born ilnesses are problems in the humid tropics, especially where population densities are high. DDT is not the answer. I have never had malaria, because the vectors, other people, all live 2 miles from our farm. The dengue I cauight working in another village where I spent tiome in the village guest house.
Most of the communities I have worked in have malaria problems.
Michaelangelica and Murray, I think the limburger cheese, combined with the fan trap is obviously the best way to go..... we need to get funding to run trials here at MMRF....
You need to work on designing one which MUST use expresso coffee as part of the bait Chris. :lol:
Best Homemade Mosquito Trap
Looks like a bit of commercial Blog.
Anyone got time to see if there is anything useful here?
https://www.trapshooting.directvdvr.org/ ... -trap.html
Those style blogs must be made by a computer program. There is no way a person would many something so ugly and useless. Those things are the scorge of the internet. I always have to sift through dozens of those to find what I am looking for.
Maybe, Jez, but if I did use espresso as the bait, we run the risk of having the danged skeeters like the stuff, and they wouldn't EVER sleep!
They might be so wired they forget to breed too...having shortened their lives dramatically.
Always looking for a minimally sly way for you to get an expresso via a grant. :wink:
Good idea, and very worth conducting research on. I think we will need a high pressure steam sterilizer for the coffee grounds, with large capacity, like an espresso machine that makes 12 shots at a time... and to do this, we will need lots of coffee, so I need to start looking for corporate sponsorship for this project... a good, organic fairtrade company....
"One of the main issues of human health in developing countries in the lowland humid tropics are such vector born diseases as malaria and dengue fever. A potential ability to disrupt breeding cycles through alkaloid delivery with an eye to affect behaviours of the target vectors during the short breeding cycle of the anopheles mosquito, in the case of the illness malaria, and the aedes eagypti mosquito in the case of the illness dengue fever should be researched immediately.
Ability to target specific vestors will be tested, and reduced dosages will be applied to prey species, so the spiders can conduct feeding more hours of the day.
UNDP figures on malaria and Dengue show that blah blah, woof, woof....
The study will require several kilograms per month of well roasted carbon and nitrogen rich material, finely ground, heavily laced with the alkaloid caffeine, used, in conjunction with various other contraptions, to lure the mossies to a feeding area, where they will be trapped using sugar water and bottles, electric fans and other devices, and electrical current.....
The caffeine rich partially depleted coffee grounds will be tested for their ability to act to disrupt the normal life processes of the mosquito through a combination of lack of sleep and potential neurological damage, and as an attractant for various undetermined methods of mechanical and electrical destruction....
This study will be a continuos study, monitored by our neighbors, who will come over two or three times a week to have a cup of coffee and while away the morning talking about mosquitos... additional duties of the neighbors include assisting in creating the sterilixzed medium. The anticipated duration of this project is 7 years.
For this we request a monthly budget with a healthy per diem for the 4 organizers, the 8 staff members, a %5 contingency fund, funding for 57 gallons of diesel, additional funding to cover the accountant and the cook, along with 20 kilograms of organic fairtrade dark roast, um, alkaloid rich material. Apart from the afore mentioned monthly expenses, we anticipate such one time significant capital expenditure on infrastructure in the form of a high pressure steam sterilizer to sterilize the alkaloid rich material (with milk frother) at USD1299 (please see
https://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/titanium.cfm ) , additional funding for a larger solar array and new battery bank to power the large, gleaming, gorgoues espres.... um, high pressure steam sterilizer....
Funding should also cover a severence package at the termination of the project, which will keep Christopher in coffee and DVDs for another year or so....
Research conducted at the facility will be shared freely and peer reviewed in such prestigous on line venues such as:
https://forums.permaculture.org.au/ and https://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/news.php.........
Getting away from coffee, and back to Murray's original post here.....
The design of the soda bottle mosquite trap is actually quite brilliant, and caters to what mosquitoes find desirable.
Mosquitoes are attracted to:
Carbon dioxide (they can smell it 50 meters away)
Moist heat of the level produced by man and animals
So Murray's Mosquito Trap (MMT) actually has some science behind it. The sugar and yeast produce carbon dioxide, in a water base. This could be very effective especially in mosquito breeding areas.
Thank you, Murray!
A highly topical, um, topic. I just got diagnosed with malaria. First time I have ever had it with 21 years living in the tropics. I thought I was immune....
I'm sorry to hear that!
Is it really true that once you get it, you've always got it? :cry:
Geez, that's awful news Chris.
Best of luck coping with it...bugger of a thing to happen.
Good one christopher
has lots of practical tips and info on mosquitoes eg
has answers to these questions
Glowing mosquitoes created
Frog skin repels mozzies
Well, I am on medication, and feel much better. After 21 years, I thought I was immune ( :lol: ). I even said so a month ago, probably dooming me to my brief bout with complete misery.
More info on mosquitoes
More info on mosquitoes
I haven't read it but it looks interesting
We have a serious abundance of mosquitoes and frogs so I will be trying some of the ideas on here. One probably simplistic solution I have is to leave containers out in the rain and when they become rife with wrigglers I tip it out. I would rather they laid their eggs in these containers which I check nearly ever day rather than at the neighbours where things might not be checked so often. Funny enough, we still have an abundance of mozzies but we have heaps of frogs on our screen doors and windows and geckoes (love em) inside on the job.
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