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Research Project: Mosquito Dome Particles

Location: Research Programs

Project Number: 3022-32000-018-018-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 15, 2022
End Date: Sep 14, 2025

Development of a Large Base-Station Controlled Release Device (LBS-CRD) for wide area livestock protection. Past research produced Mosquito Dome Vapor which protected a wide area with various bait stations but was limited to dispersing repellent materials in a vapor phase. This new device will use nanoparticles or droplets to increase the dispersal distance from the device, thereby protecting a larger area. The devices are customizable and various active ingredients can be dispersed from the device such as natural products, pyrethroids, or other spatial repellents to effectively exclude or kill mosquitoes or other biting insects from an area. Multiple devices can be networked to maximize spatial protection and increase the coverage area.

The cooperator will develop a novel controlled delivery system of AIs to protect livestock. The system will be based on a base-station that will be at a pre-determined height, e.g., 1-3 m, to cover large areas. The cooperator’s approach will be based on the development of a system with long autonomy for long periods of time, e.g., weeks to months. The cooperator’s approach will be based on development of a quantitative approach towards design and data compiling. The cooperator development time will be based on multiple tasks that can be concurrently performed, as outlined in the SOW. All tasks to be performed are on a best-effort basis as the deliverables are dependent on experimental work. The work will include in silica design and the construction of multiple devices in iterations as the devices are improved.