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Aussie enviro-startup sets sights on mosquito-borne diseases

PHUKET: An Australian company is looking to break into the Thai market, and elsewhere in Asia, with a revolutionary product that prevents disease-carrying mosquitoes carrying dangerous diseases such as dengue, Chikungunya and malaria from breeding in standing water.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 25 February 2018, 10:00AM


In addition to domestic uses around the home, Mosquito Drops can be applied on a large scale to mosquito-breeding grounds such as rice paddies, swamps, polluted canals, roadside ditches and even large water storages in Phuket. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

In addition to domestic uses around the home, Mosquito Drops can be applied on a large scale to mosquito-breeding grounds such as rice paddies, swamps, polluted canals, roadside ditches and even large water storages in Phuket. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

The product, simply called Mosquito Drops under the brand EnviroSafe, is effective on all mosquito species, notes Brad Dickinson, Regional Representative for Evergreen Marketing, who was recently in Phuket as part of the campaign to bring the Australian-developed product to Asia.

Key to the product’s effectiveness is the technology behind the active ingredient Aquatain, allowing Mosquito Drops to be developed as a silicone-based liquid that spreads across the surface of standing water to form a very thin film.

“As silicones have a very low surface tension, mosquito larvae can’t attach themselves to the surface when they come up to breathe – causing them to drown,” Mr Dickinson explains.

“The product has an entirely physical action, and doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals,” he adds.

Silicones have been used in hundreds of applications, including the food industry, for more than 50 years, and decades of studies have shown that do not have any negative impact on humans or on the environment, Mr Dickinson notes.

“The product, which was invented by another Australian company (Aquatain Products Pty Ltd) and is sold in many countries under the name of Aquatain AMF, is approved for sale in more than 60 countries.

“In fact, its safety is demonstrated by the fact that it has been exempted from the normal registration processes in many countries (including the European Union) because it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals,” he adds.

Recognition by health authorities have driven support behind the innovative product. Under the name Aquatain AMF, the product is certified for application to drinking water storages by NSF International, the world’s foremost certification authority.

The product, being marketed by Evergreen Marketing of Perth, Western Australia, which also has several other household pest control products in its range, brings particular benefits to mosquito hot zones such as Phuket, says Mr Dickinson.

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Beyond the commercial applications for the likes of hotels and community housing projects, considering the short distance that mosquitoes travel, is the impact the product can have on singular simple household, he adds.

“Mosquito Drops are perfect for householders to apply around their homes: a few drops in water containers such as pot plant trays, bird baths, old tyres, water barrels, blocked gutters and so on, will protect against mosquito-breeding for around four weeks,” he explains.

“Unlike other mosquito control products which are generally toxic and unsafe for use by the general public, Mosquito Drops are totally safe to use.”

Evergreen is also marketing a variation on the product, called Mosquito Gel Drops. These are water soluble capsules containing the Mosquito Drops liquid, which can be dropped into small water containers. When the capsule dissolves, the liquid floats to the surface and spreads across it.

Further afield throughout Thailand and Asia is that in addition to domestic uses around the home, Mosquito Drops can be applied on a large scale to mosquito-breeding grounds such as rice paddies, swamps, polluted canals, roadside ditches and even large water storages.

“Field trials around the world have confirmed its effectiveness in all of these applications. As the product has such a strong spreading action, in most cases it can be simply poured on to the water and it will spread across the surface for large distances. It will even spread around heavy vegetation, Mr Dickinson notes.

Currently, Mr Dickinson is in talks with a potential distributor based in Bangkok in bringing Mosquito Drops to the local market, but says he is open to discussions with local Phuket partners.

“Phuket is such a well-known destination and where Mosquito Drops can work so well in the tourism industry as well as in communities that it makes sense to look into launching the product here,” he says.

“It as an area I know well. I have visited here many times over the years, and Mosquito Drops in use here just makes so much more sense compared with how people combat mosquitoes now, using foggers and pesticides. We can do much better than that,” he concludes.

 

 

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