May 20, 2016: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around four billion people are likely to fall prey to mosquito-borne infectious illnesses at present. More shockingly, this figure may as well rise up to nine billion in the coming future, WHO added.
While there may be a number of solutions proposed such as toxic bug sprays, such solution will indeed prove to be dangerous to mankind. It is in this sphere that the Florida-based company, Lighting Science Group has come up with a better solution. The company is a part of a rising field of study that aims to control mosquitoes with LED lighting.
Travis Longcore, the assistant professor at Southern California University said that the highlight of LEDs is to exercise full control on spectrum, illumination and timing. For Lighting Science, the approach has resulted in highly tuned LEDs that sterilize water, alert the astronauts, etc. The attempt is to find the perfect light to attract and distract the mosquitoes.
Keep Zika virus at bay with LEDs?
Daniel Kline, the USDA research entomologist said that there is definitely some room for improvement in present trapping technology and is particularly interested in the thought of targeting insects linked with diseases such as Zika and malaria.
Fred Maxik, the chief technology officer from Lighting Science said that to that end, the traps trail a straightforward principle which states that diverse bugs are attracted to varied light wavelengths. Traps with LEDs tuned for particular mosquito species such as Zika linked to the Aedes aegypti mosquito will finally be field-tested. A customer version is to be released by next year.
Maxik hopes eventually to make a smart trap capable of sensing which bugs are close by with the aid of a low-resolution camera that recognizes critters by decisive factors such as wing-flapping speed and size of the bugs.
On the rear, learning how to attract bugs also communicates Lighting Science how to divert them, which may as well prevent smart traps from capturing harmless honeybees and butterflies.
In particular, the data will assist the company in making light fixtures that keep bugs at bay for good.