Zap…. Zap…. Zap…. Sometimes a zapper does not only zap insects, it also zaps humans if you are not careful enough. According to Donald Lewis from the Department of Entomology, Black light traps are potentially harmful to the environment.
From an article published by Timothy Frick and Douglas Tallamy of the University of Delaware only 0.22% (31 out of 13,789) are mosquitoes or biting gnats, so traditional bug zappers are not only inefficient but also kill a lot of other insects that are not harmful and are essential for mother nature to function.
Fortunately there is a new innovation coming to the market that specifically targets female mosquitoes. As everyone has done a little research, female mosquitoes are the ones that bite since they need the protein in blood to be able produce eggs. Female mosquitoes have special sensors that are able to trace Co2 back to their origin (up to 50meter).
So these new mosquito traps release CO2 to specifically attract female mosquitoes. One of these new traps developed by QM is called the MBOX, by using photo catalysis of titanium dioxide (also known as the Honda-Fujishima Effect). When a titanium dioxide surface is irradiated by light, the photo catalytic effect and hydrophilic are activated together. Any organic chemical in contact with the surface will undergo decomposition to CO2 and H2O and thus releasing a smell that attracts female mosquitoes.
Comparing the old bug zappers being placed used, The MBOX of QM is more ecofriendly and increases the chances of catching more female mosquitoes. Another positive point is that you won’t hear a zap anymore when an insect gets caught.