Development and commercialization of a tent trap for the surveillance and control of disease-carrying flies
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DHP
Due to the possible transmission of blood-borne diseases, biting insects, mosquitoes, midges, and sand flies pose increasing danger to deployed military personnel and humans in locations around the globe. The SkySight Technologies approach to creating and demonstrating a tent trap to capture biting flies and mosquitoes that come to bite a human resting inside was to modify a standard tent with the components necessary to convert it into a specimen collection device using human bait in a manner that does not endanger the human. To preserve the specimen alive and intact, the specimen never passes through the fan blades and a unique air flow and ducting system traps the specimens into the capture system built into the base tent. The proposed tent trap system is based on a standard, readily available tent, uses a specimen safe pull air system to circulate the human odor, poses no risk to the human bait, preserves the live specimen, and is easy and intuitive to erect. The feasibility of this tent trap design was successfully demonstrated in the Phase I effort. The subsequent Phase II effort will further refine and test the tent trap design.
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