The U.S. Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) has developed a novel method and device to capture insect and small rodent pests. Upon consumption of a bait material infused with ferromagnetic particles (iron, nickel, cobalt, gadolinium, or magnetic alloys), pests become inescapably bound to a magnet.
Preliminary trials have demonstrated success with adult and larval mosquitos, fire ants, houseflies, and cockroaches; however, this technology can be applied to virtually any pest species that can be induced to internalize the ferromagnetic particles.
This method and device have broad potential for public health, agricultural, industrial, commercial, and residential pest control applications. Additionally, this pesticide-free technology is well suited to complement existing integrated pest management strategies.
- Eco-friendly alternative to currently used pesticide-based methods and devices
- Scalable and reusable platform can be configured to target a broad range of invertebrate and small rodent species
- Compatible with enclosed areas and sensitive environments where traditional pest control measures may present an unacceptable risk of exposure to volatile chemicals or toxic substances
- Pending US and PCT patent applications are available for license