One of the most annoying summer pests is undoubtedly mosquitoes.
Well, a research institute in South Korea says they have found a solution to reduce the number of these insects.
And it’s environmentally friendly.
Our KIM Jungsil provides insight into this technology.
One of the least appreciated hosts of the summer months who disturbs day and night!
If only there was an easy way to reduce their numbers.
We came out to hear what people had to say about this little summer party crasher.
“When I go to the mountains, black mosquitoes bite me unless I’m constantly moving. They bite so much it hurts. When I come home, I’m so itchy I have to wash off the bite marks with water.”
“I get bitten all the time, so I pack more repellent and stuff like that than the others. I have some in my house and I use a mosquito net too.”
But there may be a solution on the horizon, as a research institute in Seoul claims to have found a way to control mosquito numbers that is better than using chemicals.
The institute says it has paid particular attention to the fact that mosquitoes can pass through gaps as small as 2mm.
“Since Seoul is a big city, we paid attention to damp places around residential areas. And manholes and septic tank vent pipes emerged as prime suspects.”
Manholes or septic tank vent pipes provide the ideal conditions of warmth and humidity for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
These places are also filled with potentially dangerous germs for humans.
“The research institute says that using rubber like this or netting like this can fill the gaps so that fewer mosquitoes can escape from sewers. Another advantage – they are cheaper than the use of chemicals.
The rubber seal and nets cost between 3,000 and 10,000 Korean won, or about two to eight US dollars.
The chemical used by each district office in Seoul can cost up to 150 million Korean won, or about $110,000 a year.
So how do we actually use these threads and rubber seals?
First, the manhole cover must be opened. Then the rubber gasket should be placed to fill the gaps before closing the lid.
Also, on septic tank vent pipes, the exposed end of the pipe may be covered with a very fine mesh.
This way mosquitoes cannot escape.
The institute tried its method in 400 buildings within a one kilometer radius of the Sang-am-dong
district of Mapo-gu district.
He said 220,000 mosquitoes, or about 48.9%, were brought under control simply by closing or covering gaps.
The researchers said they would now recommend these methods for areas of Seoul that have the largest mosquito populations.
KIM Jungsil, Arirang News.