The Energy Efficient Street Lamps Attract Mosquitos With Human-Mimicking Scent

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 20, 2016
References: researchsea & springwise
Developed at the University of Malaya, the outdoor lighting combines environmentally friendly energies and also acts as mosquito traps. Using wind and solar power, the street lamps use 'human' scent to attract and capture mosquitos. This is in an effort to quell the spread of dengue fever in Malaysia.

The self-powered LED lights not only provide additional lighting in areas with less infrastructure, they also prevent the spread of disease at the same time. This is just one example of biological control system implementation in urban areas.

The smart lamp posts keep the mosquito population under control by releasing small amounts of CO2. The bugs follow the CO2 trail to the mosquito traps. Solar energy keeps the devices working off the grid and even during floods, while wind generators pull mosquitos in.