DOST distributes 5,000 OL traps to Antique schoolsThursday, August 09, 2012 08:44 AM Views : 500Iloilo News Today
The Department of Science and Technology 6 turned over more than 5,000 ovicidal and larvicidal trap (OL trap) in all elementary and high schools in this province.
Engr. Eleazar Moscoso of DOST – Antique said the Department has distributed more than 5,000 OL trap for the Division of Antique received by Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Angelita Ragodo, district supervisors of the 18 towns and principals of all secondary schools.
The OL trap will be placed in all classrooms, school canteens and libraries of 460 schools provincewide, said Moscoso.
Moscoso explained that the OL trap has three important parts: a black container, a small strip of lawanit measuring 1x6.5 inches for mosquito to lay their eggs on and a larvicide solution to kill the mosquito larvae that will hatch in the strip of wood and in the solution.
The scent of the solution invites female mosquitoes to the trap where they lay eggs on the stick and on the solution itself. The stick moistened by the solution through capillary action is highly attractive for mosquito to lay eggs on.
As the eggs and the hatch larvae get exposed to the solution they die. The trap does not kill the adult mosquitoes, instead its ovicidal and larvicidal effect prevent the next generation of mosquitoes from reaching adulthood.
Moscoso said the school authorities were already briefed on how to use the technology.
"We hope to curb the population of aedes mosquitoes which cause dengue virus that victimized thousands mostly children," Moscoso said.