It is difficult to find developing mosquitoes, even for professionals. Mosquito sites can be as small as a thimble or 30ft high in a tree. For this reason, a commonly used approach is ‘broad casting.’ Flood the area with chemicals to increase the probability of affecting mosquito sites. These methods include spraying and fogging, by hand, by truck or by airplane.

MosquitoMate is developing a new, targeted approach, in which small doses of pesticide are carried directly to mosquito sites. And the pesticide carrier? Male mosquitoes.

To find biting female mosquitoes, nothing is better than a male mosquito. And male mosquitoes do not bite or transmit disease.

Congratulations to our scientists on their newest publication in Public Library of Science!