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A new weapon against mosquitoes

The mosquito's fondness for plant nectar is being used to trick it into gorging itself with an insecticide - called Vectrax - which mimics the sweet-smelling scents of the nectar it usually feeds on. A successful trial has recently been held in several villages in Tanzania. Agenor Mafra-Neto is a Brazilian chemical ecologist, and head of ISCA Technologies in the US, which has developed this new anti-mosquito product.

(Picture: Homes in a Tanzanian village being sprayed with an formulation that attracts disease-carrying mosquitoes with a sweet meal and then kills them. Credit: Elison Kemibala)

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