Eisenstadt Introduces Smart Mosquito Cages to Effectively Test Insecticides (ECE Florida News)

Eisenstadt Introduces Smart Mosquito Cages to Effectively Test Insecticides

The fact that mosquito-borne illness is a threat to public health is not news. Nor is the practice of spraying insecticides to control the mosquito population. The key to mosquito control is testing—determining which methods and products are effective, efficient, and safe. 

Recent work by ECE professor William Eisenstadt, supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control, seeks to ensure that the testing of mosquito control methods is more precise and more rigorous, taking into account atmospheric and environmental conditions. Equipping the traditional ‘bioassay’ cages with networked sensors that are capable of delivering instantaneous data to handheld devices, Eisenstadt’s proposal would create more precise datasets that would in turn help develop insecticides which are more effective and safe.

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