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Who is the mosquito ?

The mosquito, with its tiny size and annoying buzz, is an insect that may seem insignificant at first glance. However, despite its small size, it has a huge impact on human health and the ecosystem.

Mosquitoes are blood-sucking insects. Females need blood to develop their eggs, while males mainly feed on flower nectar. These prolific little creatures are found in almost all parts of the world except for extremely cold places.

Besides the itchy and irritated skin caused by their bites, mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases. They are responsible for transmitting serious diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika virus and yellow fever. Each year, millions of people are infected with these diseases, causing considerable human suffering and social and economic disruption in the affected regions.

The consequences of mosquito-borne diseases are not just limited to humans. Wild and domestic animals can also be infected, disrupting local ecosystems and impacting biodiversity.

 

How to fight against mosquitoes ?

Mosquito control is a constant challenge for health authorities and communities. Preventive measures such as using mosquito nets, removing standing water (buckets, clogged gutters, flower pots, used tires, basins, etc.) where mosquitoes lay their eggs, and using repellents can help reduce the risk of bites and disease.

Research is also being carried out to develop innovative and sustainable mosquito control methods, including the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce their populations, or the implementation of biological control techniques by introducing natural mosquito predators in certain areas.

At Penn'Ty Bio, we offer many ecological solutions to fight against mosquitoes. Vegetable insecticide, repellent, mosquito net, diffusers, essential oils, anti-bite and anti-itch lotion or roll on... By adopting preventive measures, you will help reduce mosquito bites and minimize their impact on your daily life.

 

Why natural insecticides ?

Getting rid of mosquitoes is one thing (although very difficult, let's face it!), but if you could also preserve your health and your environment, wouldn't that be even better ? Did you know that some conventional insecticide particles remain in your treated rooms for several months ? Smoke is the worst because the particles fall on all objects, textiles, surfaces in the room. Unless you thoroughly wash each item, you will inevitably end up with chemicals. Opting for natural insecticides will allow both to get rid of mosquitoes but also, due to the composition of our products and their low persistence, to continue to live in a healthy environment.

Read all our advice and discover all our products to fight mosquitoes naturally : Mosquito file

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Guppytrap - Ecological mosquito larva trap for pot plants

GUPPYTRAP
€29.08 Tax included
Delivery expected from 04/20/2024

The GuppyTrap mosquito larva trap is placed in the saucer of your pot plant. It prevents the proliferation of mosquitoes WITHOUT chemicals, energy or bait, and is a 100% French-made, 100% eco-responsible solution. Validated by the ARS of Guadeloupe, this patented invention won the Silver Medal at the Lépine 2023 competition.

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case-a-cocher.jpgChemical-free, energy-free, bait-free and eco-responsible
case-a-cocher.jpgVery easy to use, with 97% mortality in less than 48 hours (ARS test on 02/05/2023)
case-a-cocher.jpgValidated by the ARS of Guadeloupe and awarded at the Concours Lépine 2023
case-a-cocher.jpgCan be used in saucers between 17cm and 30cm in diameter

The benefits of Guppytrap

Advantages of the GuppyTrap mosquito larvae trap

Installing the Guppytrap

Your pot plants will become formidable traps for mosquito larvae !

Every day, you'll be able to combat the proliferation of mosquitoes, thanks to a simple method of installation.

Installation of the Guppy Trap mosquito larvae trap

This trap can be used both indoors and outdoors, as it is impervious to rain. It only needs to be checked occasionally, especially in very hot weather, to ensure that the saucer is always full of water. To be effective, the trap must be kept constantly under water and free of air bubbles.

Guppytrap: Every drowned larva is an imago avoided

Real-time demonstration

Discover the power of the GuppyTrap in action during our exclusive demonstration with mosquito larvae on 25/03/2024 on the Twitch channel www.twitch.tv/guppytrap. This video, although long, is uncut, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the trap in destroying mosquito larvae. See how this revolutionary trap effectively captures larvae to control the mosquito population in your environment.

What is the background to Guppytrap ?

Guppytrap, the mosquito larva trap

Dengue fever, Zika, Chikungunya, yellow fever, malaria... these potentially fatal diseases have one thing in common: they are transmitted by mosquitoes.

With more than 800,000 deaths a year worldwide, the mosquito is the deadliest animal for humans.

In the case of the Aedes tiger mosquito in France, the overseas territories have already been affected for many years, and by 2023, 71 of the 96 departments in mainland France will have been affected.

It would be catastrophic to try to eradicate mosquitoes completely, as they themselves are part of the rich biodiversity that is vital to our own survival. So we need to find different strategies to limit their proliferation.

Studies have shown that the main place where female mosquitoes lay their eggs in urban areas is in the saucers of potted plants. A fairly simple solution would be to get rid of all flower pots and their famous saucers... Except that we all appreciate having pretty plants on our terraces, balconies or windows.

The origin of Guppytrap: a call for projects from the Guadeloupe Regional Health Agency (ARS)

Validated by ARS Guadeloupe

In 2014, the ARS of Guadeloupe launched a call for projects to find a solution to prevent female mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the stagnant water of flowerpot dishes. The solution must be chemical-free, bait-free and require no energy to operate.

Ludovic Bouchonneau and his team at the Jarry Fablab in Guadeloupe have taken up the challenge. The basic idea is ingenious: to take advantage of the stagnant water in the flower pots, which is difficult to control, especially in the tropics !

To achieve this, Ludovic Bouchonneau and his team designed a trap for mosquito larvae, based on the principle of fishermen's traps. Positioned under the flower pot in the saucer, this trap will be a veritable death maze for the larvae, which will drown inside.

For nearly 8 years, they studied statistics on the swimming behaviour of larvae, and designed, developed and manufactured prototypes.

In 2022, the Guppytrap was ready, and the patent was filed. The final step: it was the perfect answer to the problem posed by the ARS !

"This device works like micro-nets that trap the larvae and prevent them from breathing at the surface of the water. The juveniles will die as a result of asphyxiation", explains Cédric Ramdini, health safety technician at the ARS, in a glowing report on the in-depth study of a Guppytrap prototype.

"The results of this study are very satisfactory, with a mortality rate of 97% in less than 48 hours*," he adds.

Knowing that a mosquito larva reaches maturity in +/- 1 week, it's easy to see that this trap won't give them time to do so.

*ARS tests on 02/05/2023

How the Guppytrap works in detail

Since flower pots are the preferred domestic spawning site for mosquitoes, and their flight radius is no more than 150 metres, the way this trap works is a real asset in the fight against their proliferation.

Once the trap is in place and covered with water, the organic matter in the soil of the potted plant transforms the water into an ideal feeding environment for the female mosquito's future larvae. There's no need for bait as long as your plant is watered !

As soon as they hatch, the microscopic larvae will not live long. First of all, they will look for food at the bottom of the saucer. Then they will seek refuge and hide from the light: they will enter the trap through the vestibule.

And that's where the genius of this invention comes in! The trap is made up of a large number of cells forming a gigantic labyrinth of small traps arranged in a cascade.

As the larvae move through the maze, they are forced to advance further and further into the trap via the different nests (levels 1 to 8). There is no turning back. They will inevitably end up drowned in the last trap (level 8). They will perish in just a few hours, long before becoming mosquitoes.

The natural residues from the potted plant and those from the decomposition of the larvae maintain the nutritional appeal of the water and provide the best bait for this trap, which is therefore maintenance-free !

Principle of the parts of the GuppyTrap mosquito larvae trap

An award-winning trap

Guppytrap, the award-winning trap for mosquito larvae

Ludovic Bouchonneau's patented invention was awarded the Silver Medal at the highly prestigious Concours Lépine International in Paris in 2023.

It also won a prize in the eco-innovative technology category of the Trophées 2022.

Finally, the development of the trap was supported by Transtech, an association that helps inventors in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Environmental issues

Ludovic Bouchonneau, the inventor of the Guppytrap, was keen to use recycled materials to make the trap. Finding that our production of computer screens was phenomenal, he decided to use those destined for the scrap heap.

The Plexiglas inside the screens is between 4 and 10mm thick, ideal for making the base of the trap. The LCD TV panels are between 1 and 3mm thick, perfect for making the trap's covers.

In short, this trap is chemical-free, energy-free, bait-free and made from recycled screens : it's the world's most eco-responsible trap for mosquito larvae !

Technical specifications

Dimensions : 15 cm diameter

Thickness : 9 mm

Materials : Recycled plexiglass

Weight : 26 grams

Packaging

Trap sold individually.

Find out more about mosquitoes ?

Po find out more about mosquitoes, take a look at our special report.

Find out more about the Guppytrap brand

LGuppytrap brand logo

Ludovic Bouchonneau, alias "Capt'n Kurt", has always been a seasoned inventor and has made mosquito control his hobbyhorse.

In 2014, he decided to respond to a problem raised by the Guadeloupe Regional Health Agency (ARS).

Capt'n Kurt, with the help of the Jarry Fablab in Guadeloupe, worked on numerous prototypes for nearly 8 years. He imagined, developed and created a labyrinth for capturing and destroying mosquito larvae under flower pots. The Guppytrap was born !

In addition to this mosquito larvae trap for green pot plants, other applications of this patented principle are currently being developed, for other potential breeding grounds such as gutters, vases, rainwater barrels, manholes and even swamps.

Types of insects
Flying insects
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Ready to use
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Reviews

Matheo
03/28/2024

Incroyable

Une vraie surprise. Un piège innovant qui devrait réduire considérablement le nombre de moustiques dans mon environnement dans les semaines venir.

Patrick
03/03/2024

piège larves moustiques

La saison commence tout juste. Pour l'instant, pas encore trop de larves. J'ai hâte de voir le résultat d'ici quelques semaines. Cette invention est vraiment futée

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Guppytrap - Ecological mosquito larva trap for pot plants

The GuppyTrap mosquito larva trap is placed in the saucer of your pot plant. It prevents the proliferation of mosquitoes WITHOUT chemicals, energy or bait, and is a 100% French-made, 100% eco-responsible solution. Validated by the ARS of Guadeloupe, this patented invention won the Silver Medal at the Lépine 2023 competition.

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