SOUTH KONA, Hawaii – Struggling as an area of high risk for dengue fever since an outbreak began in September, South Kona communities are looking at the viability of a new tool in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease.
This week, Kona residents met with Michael Banfield, a biologist with a background in medical entomology. Banfield and his wife Jane founded SpringStar, a company located outside of Seattle, WA that manufactures and markets the Mosquito Trap-N-Kill™ (mosquitoscience.net). The lethal ovitrap is said to be “an economical, extremely simple, and effective method for controlling Aedes and Culex mosquito species” by luring the egg-laying female mosquito into a container and hitting it with a lethal dose of pesticide.
Banfield demonstrated the lethal ovitrap during a January 13 visit to Napo’opo’o Village. Banfield also spoke to the community during a meeting held at the Painted Church.
A single trap sells for about $8 retail. Community groups are getting bulk orders and that enable them to sell for $4.
As of January 15, there have been 223 locally-acquired cases of dengue fever counted on Hawaii Island.
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