What is BG-Sentinel trap?
The Biogents Sentinel trap (or BG trap) is the result of over 16 years of thorough scientific research at the University of Regensburg, Germany. The BG-Sentinel incorporates patented as well as patent pending technologies and was initially developed to enable researchers all over the world to monitor the yellow fever mosquito, also known as the dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti and the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus.
How does BG-Sentinel trap is versatile in research?
BG-Sentinel is a versatile trap and is a unique product that catches primary disease causing Aedes, Anophelines, Culex and other blood-sucking insects. This is why the trap is now used by scientists, healthcare professionals, PCOs (Pest Control Operators), and private households worldwide. The trap’s inner space is large enough to incorporate additional attractants (for example, animal’s hair, worn clothing, small animals, food, light or heat sources). This makes the trap a very versatile tool for researchers who want to test a variety of products for their attractiveness to mosquitoes. Numerous independent scientific studies have been conducted with the BG-Sentinel all over the world, and it has been successfully proven to be the most effective mosquito trap in the market.
Do BG-traps use CO2 as an attractant for mosquitoes?
The BG-Sentinel doesn’t require CO2 to attract: Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Aedes polynesiensis, Culex quinquefasciatus and various other Culex species from the Culex pipiens complex. A patented BG-Sweetscent is sufficient to capture these species.
With addition of CO2 to the system it will attract;
- A wide range of Culicinae and Anophelinae species
- Other hematophagous insects such as black flies (Simuliidae), stable flies (Stomoxys), biting midges (Ceratopogonidae), and new world sand flies (Phlebotominae)
- Increased numbers of the species mentioned above (attracted without CO2)
What are BG attractants? How do they work?
Biogents attractants consist of a patented combination of three non-toxic substances (Ammonia, Lactic acid, and Caproid acid) that are specifically found in the human skin. Each of the three components imitates a part of main components of the human skin that mosquitoes are attracted to. This patented mixture of human skin compounds is the result of 16 years of academic research into the host-finding behavior of mosquitoes at the Zoological Department of the University of Regensburg, Germany. The specially designed dispensers release three compounds in a specific quantity, composing a newly tuned pattern of synergistic attractants. The particular light and permeable dispensers of the three different attractants guarantee an optimally timed release of the scent into the surrounding area. All attractants are classified as non-toxic and attract blood- seeking insects that prefer to feed on humans, especially the tiger (Aedes) mosquitoes.
What are different types of BG attractant formulations available?
The BG attractants have been formulated into two special products; BG cartridges and BG Sweetscent. Both of these products have same human attractants, however, how they have been packed and how long it lasts makes these two products different. BG Cartridges have been formulated for longer use (~5 months) while BG Sweetscent has been chosen for ease of use and short term (~2 months).
Benefits of using BG-Sentinel traps for entomological studies?
- Capture maximum number of variety of mosquito species when used with CO2
- Capture all blood-feeding mosquito species when used with BG lures (no CO2 required for doing entomological studies basing Aedes mosquitoes)
- Effectively reduces required technical human resources
- Easy to carry and install, and even easier to hold the mosquito bag for laboratory studies
- Error- free data
- Cost effective research and efficient data collection
What different kinds of entomological research possible with BG traps?
How to apply BG-traps for research is a prerogative of the investigator. However, here are some of the common entomological studies possible with BG traps;
- Species surveillance and population sampling
- Bionomics of a species, for example, to study most active time of a species during a day/week/ or a month
- Relative abundance of a particular mosquito species over another
- To monitor effectiveness of an intervention
- Help to conduct error-free longitudinal studies on mosquito prevalence/biting pressure
- Exceptional ability to collect mosquitoes for molecular studies (Nearly eliminates human resource required)
- Exceptional ability to study blood feeding behavior of a mosquito
What are varieties of traps invented by Biogents for entomological research or mosquito control?
There are basically 3 variety of BG traps available in 5 different commercial packs.
- BG traps – This will work without CO2 to attack Aedes mosquitoes, however, you would require BG lure for the same. This product is most sought for Entomological Research
- BG traps + CO2 – This will work for both filed management of mosquitoes as well as entomological field studies
- BG Suna traps – For controlling all kinds of mosquitoes. This is mainly for mosquito management aiming disease control
- BG Midge Trap -for controlling midges
- BG-GAT– this trap is meant for attracting female gravid mosquitoes and kill them by LLINs
Where can I find an exhaustive list of publications basing BG-Sentinel trap?
I’m interested to use the BG-Sentinel traps for my research. Where can I purchase the traps in India.
Yashika Solutions is an authorized distributor for the product. You can write an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or you may want to Call Us at +91 97050 26100 for more details on know-how and procuring methods.