I’m trying out the The Neo-Photo Catalyst Insect Trap. It’s similar to many electric mozzie/sandfly traps but also has a unique way of attracting the insects by producing carbon dioxide through a reaction between a Titanium Dioxide metal plate and an ultra violet light.
The Neo-Photo Catalyst Insect Trap represents new technology in Australia. Insects – even in the dark – can easily locate where a person is by sensing the carbon dioxide and heat they emit. Insects also react with extreme sensitivity when near ultraviolet rays and carbon dioxide. By emulating these conditions, the trap can decoy and capture insects in daylight or dark, and outdoors or indoors.
The free-standing trap is highly effective in keeping mosquitoes, sand flies, midges, moths and other insects at bay in a domestic and commercial environment. The many benefits include low running costs (equivalent of two cents per day), no ugly zapping noises, no attracting Gecko’s under a traditional “zapper”, low noise emissions, scientific testing and environmental safety. Add to these, simultaneous purification of air and neutralization of odours. It also has an antibiotic effect by killing bacteria and suppressing its growth by the strong oxidization and decomposition capacity of the unit.
The upper part of the unit features a Titanium Dioxide plate which reflects the ultraviolet light emitted by the trap. The combination of the light with the Titanium Dioxide plate promotes the process of photo catalysis. This in turn, produces heat and Carbon Dioxide emulating a human being and luring insects into the trap. Alsowhen small amounts of sunlight or ultraviolet rays and organic matter are combined on the surface of the Titanium Dioxide plate, it purifies the air of unpleasant odours by sterilizing sundry bacteria through decomposition – thus cleansing the area.
This is the outside portable traps that covers and protects an area of 120 square metres and sells for $99.95. there is also an indoor model for $69.95.
This is a better alternative to high voltage zappers which simply cause the mosquito to explode on impact, atomizing and spraying blood and intestines in to the atmosphere to be breathed back in by adults, children and pets.
The video was taken after 3 days use and shows that it has collected a reasonable number of insects which represents closely the ratio of insects here at the moment. The benefits of being cheap to run, silent and working 24 hours a day will in time reduce the local insect population resulting in less bites and itches.
I bought mine from Omega Innovation, they have a shop in Cairns.
Here’s the link www.theomegagroup.com.au