Hi-Tech Mosquito Protection Sought as West Nile Season Begins

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As fears of a potential avian bird flu pandemic persist, many are also focused on the threat of mosquito-related illnesses such as West Nile virus, malaria and encephalitis. The month of May unofficially kicks off the 2006 mosquito season and officials are already predicting another active summer.

The mosquito repellent market, which topped $500 million in 2005, has seen significant scientific and technological advancements in recent years to help curb threats posed from the blood-seeking pests.

One such innovation, the Mosquito Killing System (MKS), was developed with technical assistance from NASA and took years of research and testing at several major universities and government agencies. The contribution from the space agency was significant, allowing scientists and researchers to develop a thermal system that would ultimately be incorporated into the final product.

The results from collaborative efforts with NASA were so significant, it prompted the 48th International Astronautical Congress in Turin, Italy to deem the system “revolutionary.”

The device, which operates on carbon dioxide (CO2), lures mosquitoes by mimicking respiration and body temperature of humans and domestic animals. The insects are then vacuumed into the unit where they are eliminated.

“Demand for the system has been brisk,” said Travis Fremming, president of Seasonal Impressions, an authorized dealer of the product.

He added, “Both residential and commercial customers are seeking additional ways to control mosquito populations. The system offers state-of-the-art technology and eliminates the need for potentially dangerous pesticides or harmful chemicals.”

Fremming also concedes that West Nile concerns have been fueling sales in the mosquito market. “Although chances of contracting the virus are slim, customers still want the peace of mind knowing their family, pets and businesses are protected.“

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 3,000 reported human cases of West Nile last year, 116 of which resulted in deaths.

The CDC is urging individuals to take prudent measures in helping to reduce the risks associated with mosquito bites. They recommend such things as wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, draining all sources of standing water and installing or repairing window screens.

However, many are still turning to hi-tech products such as the Mosquito Killing System for protection.

“Unlike bug lights, the device targets mosquitoes without harming other beneficial insects in the environment. It’s truly a scientific breakthrough and is an elimination solution, not just a deterrent,” said Fremming.

More information, including a video demonstration can be found at http://www.seasonalimpressions.com or by calling 888-657-6510.

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