This Billboard Kills Hundreds of Zika Virus Mosquitoes in Brazil With "Sweat"

This Billboard Kills Hundreds of Zika Virus Mosquitoes in Brazil With "Sweat"
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Look at this asshole mosquito...

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Beyond the nuisance of an itchy mosquito bite, that little shit can also spread the West Nile and the Zika viruses.

Fortunately, a Brazilian ad agency has come up with a genius way of combating these disease-carrying pests aptly called the "Mosquito Killer Billboard."

So, how does this glorious masterwork of death work?

"Tell me more about murdering mosquitoes..."
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The "Mosquito Killer Billboard" lures mosquitoes with fluorescent lights and a mixture of lactic acid and carbon dioxide — mimicking the scent of our breath and sweat that enables mosquitoes to find us.

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Mosquitoes lured into the contraption get trapped by the billboard's vacuum-like mechanism...

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...and stay trapped in the display until they dehydrate and die.

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The project and specifications for the technology is under Creative Commons — any city contending with the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus can build their own mosquito killing billboard.

In other words, let's get building.

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Andrew Leung

Andrew was an editorial fellow at Mic. He is based in New York and can be reached at aleungnyc@gmail.com

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