Bye-bye to mozzies

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HOME & LIVING -

SCI­EN­TISTS have long dis­cov­ered that mos­qui­toes are at­tracted to the mix­ture of carbon diox­ide, odour and warmth emit­ted by hu­mans in our breath and sweat, through which they pick up our lo­ca­tion. Fe­male mos­qui­toes, in par­tic­u­lar, are es­pe­cially att­tracted as th­ese in­di­cate the source of blood they need to de­velop their fer­tile eggs.

Aside from leav­ing an un­com­fort­able, itchy welt, cer­tain mos­qui­toes can spread dis­eases.

The Aedes mos­qui­toes have been a men­ace to Malaysians. In 2011, there were 45,000 dengue cases re­ported. Much suf­fer­ing could have been pre­vented and many lives saved if we have taken a more proac­tive ap­proach to com­bat th­ese mos­qui­toes.

Many dif­fer­ent meth­ods have been de­ployed in deal­ing with mos­qui­toes. The most ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion, how­ever, is still to pre­vent them from en­ter­ing your house and bust them if they man­age to slip through.

Khind-Mis­tral (M) Sdn Bhd, a rep­utable mar­ket­ing com­pany of qual­ity elec­tri­cal house­hold ap­pli­ances in Malaysia, has been on the fore­front in bat­tling Aedes mos­qui­toes as part of its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to the com­mu­nity.

Many re­sources have been in­vested in the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of a mos­quito-cen­tric elec­tri­cal de­vice to com­bat th­ese pests.

Re­cently, Khind has added another new cre­ation called the Eco Aedes Buster, which vir­tu­ally brings our bat­tle with Aedes to another level. The IK609 model uses black ul­tra vi­o­let lamps to gen­er­ate carbon diox­ide and warmth, sim­i­lar to how a hu­man body at­tracts th­ese crea­tures.

In­stead of op­er­at­ing it for 24 hours or from dusk to dawn like other con­tem­po­rary catch­ers, which can un­nec­es­sar­ily shorten the life­span of this de­vice, this new in­ven­tion re­quires only four hours to do the job.

This is cer­tainly a valu­able break­through in our bat­tle with mos­qui­toes and has vir­tu­ally rec­ti­fied the weak­nesses as­so­ci­ated with con­ven­tional mos­quito catch­ers.

Be­fore us­ing it in a room or hall, place it three feet above the ground and switch it on with other lights switched off for max­i­mum ef­fect. Af­ter four hours, the area should be free from mos­qui­toes. Do not place it un­der your bed or on the floor as it may pre­vent the mos­qui­toes from pick­ing up the stim­u­lus gen­er­ated. Even the best catcher in the world will only work if it is cor­rectly used.

This new Eco Aedes Buster comes with smart Win­dow Shut­ter to pre­vent mos­qui­toes from es­cap­ing. For fur­ther peace of mind, this new Aedes Buster is safe to use around chil­dren. It has no smell, does not use chem­i­cals and is non-toxic. It also comes with a two-year prod­uct war­ranty ex­clud­ing the UV lamps. You can eas­ily pur­chase its core com­po­nents online.

In line with the roll­out of this new Aedes Buster, you may stand a chance to win a Win Wish Gift Card at a value of RM200 or RM1,000 to shop at www.khin­don­ with any pur­chase of Aedes Buster IK609 or IK610. The con­test closes on Jan 31. To par­tic­i­pate, log on to Khind Malaysia Face­book.

Khind-Mis­tral (M) Sdn Bhd is the mar­ket­ing arm of the pub­lic-listed Khind Hold­ings Bhd, which has ex­ported its prod­ucts to over 50 coun­tries. It cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary in 2011 and is a world brand from Malaysia in its own right.

For de­tails, log on to www.khind. to lo­cate your near­est re­tail shops or call Kuala Lumpur/Se­lan­gor (03-7839 2001); Pe­nang (04537 2803); Perak (05-545 6778); Malacca (06-281 5717); Jo­hor (07355 8991); Pa­hang (09-568 9711) or Ke­lan­tan (09-744 8900). You can also make pur­chases online via www.khin­don­

The ‘Eco Aedes Buster’ vir­tu­ally brings our bat­tle with Aedes to another level.

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