Combatting the “Most Lethal Animal in the World”

mosFirst, a quiz: What is the most lethal animal in the world?

If the measure is “how many humans are killed”, then the answer isn’t even close: it’s the mosquito. (Here is a great graphic posted by Bill Gates on this topic.)

So what measures are most effective to combat mosquitos? Here are several good ideas:

1) Bed Nets For All

Insecticide-treated bed nets are twice as effective as normal bed nets, and increase malaria protection by 70%. http://bit.ly/1uzIOm0

2) Immunize Mosquitoes

Researchers develop vaccine to prevent mosquitoes from getting malaria from humans. | http://bit.ly/1mWEbQC

3) Low tech mosquito repellent: a fan

A small fan discourages mosquitos and dissipates the human smells which attract them. NY Timeshttp://nyti.ms/13dVqAt

4) Block Mosquitoes with Laser Nets

A Columbia University astrophysicist, using a Gates Foundation grant, has developed a prototype system which blocks mosquitoes using light barriers. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/magazine/ideas/2009/#w

5) Use Smartphones to Track Mosquitoes

Public officials in Lahore use photos and GPS information from smartphones to better target anti-mosquito programs. Dengue Fever has dropped significantly. http://econ.st/178vcmf

To comment or vote on these (or other) ideas – or add your own! – visit Good Ideas.

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