Scientific foundation and publications
Biogents’ mosquito traps were invented by scientists who have been doing research on the behaviour of mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects for over 16 years. The scientific foundation of Biogents mosquito traps are more than 300 publications that document the exceptional capture rates.
Useful applications and a number of patents have resulted from sound fundamental research at the University of Regensburg. Capture devices originally built for fellow researchers and specialists have evolved into fully developed products within a short period of time. All trap types are based on the same patented
technology and differ only in design.
The trap type for researchers, the BG-Sentinel, already became one of the leading traps for monitoring tiger mosquitoes and other species within just a few years after its invention in 2004. A steadily growing number of independent scientific publications reviewed by experts supply impressive evidence of the widespread use of Biogents traps. E.g., a study in Cesena, Italy, shows a reduction of mosquito bites up to 85 % in areas with Biogents traps, see below. CDC mentions the BG-Sentinel traps as currently most commonly used adult traps for Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus (CDC-PDF about surveillance and control on the USA >).
Collection of publications
- Field tests of mosquito lures and traps >
- Neighbors help neighbors control urban mosquitoes >
- Effectiveness of a field trap barrier system for controlling Aedes albopictus: biting pressure reduction to almost zero >
- Up to 87% reduction of Aedes albopictus nuisance in Italy >
- Mass trapping of Dengue Vectors with BG-Sentinel Traps >
The growing spread of the invasive mosquito species Aedes aegypti (L.) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) increases the complexity of mosquito control. In contrast to several other mosquito species that are found in the home environment, such as the house mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus, the container-inhabiting tiger mosquitoes are day-active. Adulticidal operations at daytime are not feasible and reaching all breeding sites in larviciding operations is practically impossible. Many home owners use mosquito traps to reduce mosquito populations in their backyards. Several traps with different attraction mechanisms and price categories are commercially available, but most of these traps were not scientifically proven to be effective.
The Biogents BG-Sentinel trap