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Mosquito egg-destroying trap en route from Sudbury to Guatemala

Destroy the eggs, reduce the risk of diseases like dengue fever and malaria. That's the theory behind Laurentian University professor Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri's "ovitrap" experiment, which is now headed to Guatemala.

Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri receives $112,000 federal grant for project to help indigenous Guatemalans

Laurentian University professor Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri hopes that by tricking mosquitoes into laying their eggs in "ovitraps" like this one, the number of disease-carrying flies in Guatemala will go down. (Supplied)
Laurentian University professor Gerardo Ulibarri demontrates his "ovitrap" . (Hilary Duff/CBC)

Destroy the eggs, reduce the risk of diseases like dengue fever and malaria. 

That's the theory behind Laurentian University professor Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri's "ovitrap" experiment, which is now headed to Guatemala.

Ovitraps work on eliminating future generations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by attracting and tricking them into depositing eggs onto a rinseable strip in a bucket.

As mosquito eggs are destroyed, the risk of future infection among humans goes down. 

Ulibarri has already tested the device in Sudbury to catch West Nile-infected mosquitoes, and in Mexico to catch dengue fever-infected mosquitoes. 

In the latter case, Ulibarri says that just 50 of his modified ovitraps reduced mosquito eggs by 70–80 per cent in a certain area compared to unmodified traps.

And the simple bucket and pump system has attracted more than just flies: Ulibarri has received a $112,000 federal grant to deploy his traps in Guatemala.  

Ulibarri spoke with CBC Sudbury Morning North radio show host Markus Schwabe on Wednesday. 

A mosquito trap designed by Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri, a professor at Laurentian University will be deployed in the jungle of Guatamala. We spoke with Dr. Ulibarri about his trap and his expectations for it in Guatamala. 6:39

Watch Ulibarri's ovitrap pitch to Grand Challenges Canada here:

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