Controlling invasive mosquitoes in public spaces: Reducing the risk of disease transmission through sustainable measures.
Global warming and international travel have brought Asian Tiger Mosquitos to Europe, including Switzerland. Those mosquitoes spread Dengue and Zika, posing a significant risk of disease. Traditional methods are ineffectual and hazardous. There is currently no national solution.
‹KIM› uses organic materials to trap and remove invasive mosquitoes from public spaces, effectively controlling their population without insecticides. By setting up the traps in an area-wide net, the mosquito population is controlled and kept small in a selective manner. These traps are quick to install, easy to maintain, and aid authorities in long-term population protection.
In collaboration with authorities in Zurich and Basel, the aim is to explore the implementation of «KIM» for mass trapping and develop a unified national mosquito control program. Follow-up steps involve constructing full-scale traps and initiating the testing phase with expert guidance.