Summer is approaching and the weather is heating up in Texas! South central portions of the United States received record rainfall this spring season. June 21 will have the most daylight of any day is fast approaching. What does all this mean? Mosquito season and the potential for West Nile Virus is upon us!
Renewable Energy Can Control The Mosquito Population
The Center for Disease Control states that mosquitoes are the most common transmission method of West Nile Virus to humans. About one in five people who are infected will develop general symptoms, while less than 1% of those infected will develop serious, and sometimes fatal, symptoms. Cases of reported infections vary greatly by year, as well as by region of the country.
Thermoelectric modules have been playing a role in mosquito capture and West Nile Virus prevention for over 12 years. Several mosquito trap manufacturers utilize thermoelectric power generation to create electricity to run the mosquito trap itself. A common approach is to use a 20-lb propane tank (think barbecue grill) and to burn this at a very slow rate for about three weeks per tank. The propane combustion process creates CO2, as well as a temperature differential, that can power a thermoelectric generator. The CO2, along with mosquito chemical attractants, will lure mosquitoes into close vicinity of the trap. The electricity generated powers a fan which vacuums mosquitoes into a trap net. A typical application generates 4.5W of electrical power. As breeding female mosquitoes are eliminated, the mosquito life cycle is interrupted and the number of mosquitoes nearby will greatly diminish.
Stay safe – wear repellents containing DEET (diethyltoluamide), cover bare skin when possible, eliminate standing water near your home, and if you’d like to bring technology to the battle, consider thermoelectric powered mosquito traps this season. They really do work!
Interested in learning more about potential thermoelectric generate consumer applications? Download our Thermoelectric Survival Guide.