The Ovi-Catch Mosquito Trap uses mosquitoes’ breeding habits against them. The trap is designed to mimic mosquito breeding sites, particularly for some of the most invasive mosquito species known as “container breeders”.
“The trap is particularly effective against the Asian tiger mosquito, the yellow fever mosquito and the Culex house mosquitoes,” said Stan Cope, AP&G’s vice president of technical products & services. Mosquitoes are lured to the trap by the design and use of water, which mosquitoes need to complete their breeding cycle. Mosquitoes attempt to enter the trap to lay eggs, are prevented from reaching the water by a screen and become stuck on a glue board inside the trap. Eliminating just one female mosquito can prevent up to 1,000 future mosquitoes.
The trap was initially developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the agency’s Puerto Rico research and testing facility. Researchers at the facility were using AP&G adhesives in various projects but as work on the trap accelerated during the Zika virus scare, so did AP&G’s role consulting with CDC on the project. After securing a product license for the trap and working with the CDC’s parent organization, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), AP&G lent its large-scale manufacturing muscle to the process. AP&G introduced the product to the professional pest management industry in 2018 and the company works with distributors to market it to pest professionals and other customers.
“This award would not have been possible were it not for the dedication and hard work of our product development team," said Jonathan Frisch, vice president of global sales & marketing, AP&G. “I would like to recognize all who have worked in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on behalf of AP&G in bringing this product to market. In particular I would like to recognize Ed Dolshun, our vice president of business development, who was instrumental in partnering with the CDC.”