World’s best bug-zap­per in town

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COILS, can­dles, re­pel­lents, net­ting, zap­pers, car­niv­o­rous fish and a host of other de­ter­rents have all been em­ployed with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess but now there is a new weapon in the arse­nal against the mos­quito.

It’s the Mozzie Slayer - and it is be­ing touted as a saviour to long-suf­fer­ing res­i­dents who have been forced to en­dure the re­lent­less, an­noy­ing and po­ten­tially de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fects of the mos­quito.

In­vented and man­u­fac­tured in Queens­land, the Mozzie Slayer has been in­tro­duced to Port Dou­glas by long-time res­i­dent Bren­dan Cullen who ad­mits to a “love-hate re­la­tion­ship” with mos­qui­toes.

“I love to hate the lit­tle suck­ers,” he said.

“The more of them we can get rid of, the bet­ter our com­mu­nity will be for it.”

A fruiterer by trade and en­tre­pre­neur by choice, Mr Cullen says he stum­bled across the world’s num­ber one mozzie catcher and killer four years ago while re­search­ing a va­ri­ety of mos­quito de­ter­rents.

“I was check­ing out web­sites in Amer­ica but dis­cov­ered all the ev­i­dence was lead­ing me back to Far North Queens­land where the technology was be­ing tri­alled and tested at James Cook Uni­ver­sity,” Mr Cullen said.

“It made sense be­cause the area be­tween Cairns and the Tor­res Strait is the most pro­lific mos­quito breed­ing area in the world, with the ex­cep­tion of the Congo.”

Mr Cullen said the Mozzie Slayer was de­signed to mimic the hu­man body in or­der to lure, catch and kill fe­male mos­qui­toes with­out the use of in­sec­ti­cides.

At­trac­tants in­cluded car­bon diox­ide re­leased via a gas cylin­der, heat, mois­ture, food grade lure blends and var­i­ous light spec­trums to trick the mozzie into the unit which is fit­ted with a catch tray.

“One unit in each corner of your prop­erty would give ef­fec­tive cov­er­age and cre­ate a to­tal ’no go’ zone for mozzies,” he said.

Any­one who baulked at the price tag - the Se­ries 4 model re­tails at $500 with more ex­pen­sive op­tions avail­able for com­mer­cial premises - need only weigh up the cost of coils and in­sect sprays used in a year, not to men­tion the risks posed by mos­quito-borne dis­ease.

“I have a fam­ily and their safety was the rea­son I started look­ing into these prod­ucts. When I found the Mozzie Slayer, all I wanted was to let other peo­ple know about it be­cause its re­sults are as­ton­ish­ing,” Mr Cullen said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Mozzie Slayer, phone 0451 070 117 or go to www.slay­er­pro. com

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