Bright Sparks puts mozzies on no­tice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Daniel Bate­man

THE in­ven­tor of a new mos­quito trap claims he has not been bit­ten by mozzies at his Fresh­wa­ter home since he started tri­alling the de­vice two years ago.

Michael Sparks has patented his Lar­vae-Tar trap to catch and kill mos­qui­toes, be­fore they are able to ma­ture.

The simple ovi­t­rap, com­prised of over­lap­ping cone­shaped plas­tic con­tain­ers, at­tracts mos­qui­toes who lay their eggs in sit­ting wa­ter.

The eggs hatch into lar­val mos­qui­toes, which then swim down­wards and even­tu­ally be­come trapped, un­able to es­cape the con­tainer.

Mr Sparks, who is plan­ning on sell­ing his traps at Rusty’s Mar­kets, said he had been think­ing about new ways to con­trol mozzies, for about 40 years. “Wa­ter was the se­cret. “Mos­qui­toes need fresh­wa­ter, and if you can con­trol that cy­cle, then you can con­trol the mos­quito.”

The re­tired builder has tested his Lar­vae-Tar in his back­yard for about two years, and has tri­als in place at his neigh­bours’ homes for sev­eral months. ONCE more the drums are beat­ing with tales tall and true of life in the barmy trop­ics . . .


Cairns res­i­dent Michael Sparks has patented his Lar­vae-Tar trap

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