by S Samantha Piggott
Ended on June 1st 2016
At ozMozEco, we have developed innovative mosquito trapping technology to be integrated into a comprehensive community education and research program. We are offering our knowledge, experience and passion for mosquitoes to the world.
oMozEco’s innovative mosquito trapping technology is;
Protect your home with our affordable eco-friendly mosquito trapping technology.
Purchase one of our MozEcone traps, Screen traps or education kits and your funds will be directly supporting our education and research program in a school in Kwame Village, Papua New Guninea, a school in Timor Leste and schools in Sunshine Coast, Australia.
ozMozEco’s self-sustaining MozEcone mosquito trap
We aim to empower communities to support healthy and sustainable ecosystems. We are driven by our goal of empowering kids and communities to create a safer and more sustainable world.
By linking schools, communities and researchers in Australia with countries that suffer from mosquito-borne diseases, our education and research program aims to empower communities and support healthy and sustainable ecosystems.
We aim to put the tools directly into school classrooms and the community’s hands. School children will be learning about mosquitoes, researching mosquito-borne diseases, and reducing the population of mosquitoes around their home and school. Their discoveries will be connected with university scientists to further global mosquito research.
After a successful pilot program in Sunshine Coast Australia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste, we aim to scale up to regional programming.
Dr Joanne Macdonald testing trapped mosquitoes with the kids at Montessori International College, Sunshine Coast
There are over 3500 species of mosquitoes in the world and there could be up to 20 different species in your backyard.
About 3.2 billion people – nearly half of the world’s population – are at risk of Malaria. In 2015, approximately 305,000 children died before their fifth birthdays. Dengue is the world fastest spreading, mosquito-borne disease, affecting 50-100 million people every year. Zika has had over 4000 cases reported so far and is showing links to the Aedes aegypti mosquito. There is so much unknown about this disease and how it is spread that World Health Organisation has made a statement saying ‘we need to build the knowledge base quickly, very quickly’. The impact of these diseases can be debilitating on health, education and economic stability of communities around the world.
Our program aims to combine mosquito expertise with a school-based education program and cutting-edge research from Australian universities, to offer an innovative approach to managing this fascinating and deadly creature in our communities.
We are so excited that Channel 10’s Totally Wild Tv came and spent the day with us at Montessori International College. We had such a fun day with the kids and Dr Macdonald. Alex from Totally Wild was so awesome with the kids, he made them feel comfortable with the camera and asked them some really great questions. Can’t wait to see the tv episode. Stay tuned for more updates!
Dave and Alex Battye from Channel 10’s Totally Wild Tv, talking about our MozEcone trap
Dave watches as Alex talks with a couple of the kids from Montessori School, about our MozEcone trap
Dave talks to the kids about how they will use our MozEcone traps to catch mosquitoes in their local area
Dr Joanne Macdonald talks to the kids about her innovative ‘Rapid Mozzie Test’
Alex and the kids testing the mosquitoes to see if they have any virus or disease
ozMozEco is collaborating with Dr Joanne Macdonald from University of the Sunshine Coast, who is developing a rapid mosquito test to provide communities with tools to monitor the health risks in their environment. She will share her experiences in mosquito disease monitoring with students to help them understand the impact mosquito diseases can have in communities, and the importance of monitoring for their appearance and spread. She will teach them how to do monitoring for diseases themselves using rapid mosquito tests.
Dr Joanne Macdonald
Over the past three years, Dr Macdonald was funded by the Queensland government to develop prototype devices able to detect multiple diseases in a single easy-to-use test kit. She has been applying this to the detection of theWest Nile, Murray Valley encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis viruses. She is now expanding the system for detection of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus (through a Funding Initiatives for Mosquito Management in Western Australia grant) as well as the malaria parasite, the wolbachia bacteria, and also dengue and chikunguna viruses (through a Gates foundation Grand Challenge Explorations grant).
With the 2016 Summer Olympics coming up, all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro. So it was with much excitement that I visited Rio specifically to discuss the current Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya virus outbreaks in Brazil. I met with some exceptional tropical medicine researchers from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. These researchers are heavily involved in the epidemics by collecting samples and diagnosing diseases. With Zika virus they are working closely with pregnant women and their babies both before and after birth. Unfortunately the picture they paint is sobering. There is increased activity of Dengue and Chikungunya at the moment, and while these diseases are unlikely to kill you, they will weaken you so much you will spend at least a week or two in bed before you are able to get back up again. I asked them why Brazil does not report total case counts for Zika virus, and they said that the country cannot possibly keep track of the estimated millions of cases, when most of these are only mild cases. Consequently, they are prioritising the treatment and care of those seriously affected and especially pregnant women. However, there is even a wait-list for assay testing for these samples, and a rapid assay would go a long way in improving the monitoring and tracking of these diseases.
Importantly, while most news stories are focused on baby’s head sizes, new scientific reports are describing some of the other long-term problems these babies can have, regardless of whether they are born with smaller heads. Microcephaly is but the “tip of the iceberg” with other conditions including affected sight and hearing, club feet, limited movements at the joints, and tremors and convulsions. The long-term consequences of this problem in Brazil are extremely serious, as a generation of children are being born with life-long health care needs. Unfortunately it comes at a difficult time in the country’s economic history and research funding is being cut rather than increased. The global response to the Zika virus outbreak has been swift, but so much more work is needed to protect our unborn children from this devastating disease.
Dr Macdonald in Instituto Colombiano de Medicina Tropical in Medellin, Columbia
In Medellin we also met with some researchers from Programa de Estudio y Control de Enfermedades Tropicales (PECET) at the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia). We showed them the MozEcone, a mosquito trap with potential for mass distribution due to its cheap price, that could allow communities themselves to monitor and destroy the mosquitoes that transmit Dengue and Zika virus. The staff were particularly intrigued and offered to try it out for us! The PECET has a comprehensive research portfolio including surveillance, testing, vaccination and antiviral strategies to help combat both Zika and other tropical diseases. Given the high quality of research we discussed, we were not at all surprised to learn that the Universidad de Antioquia, originally founded in 1803, hosts Colombia’s top-ranked Medical school. We’re looking forward to hearing how the mosquito trap testing goes!”
Dr Macdonald with the researchers from Programa de Estudio y Control de Enfermedades Tropicales (PECET) at the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia)
The Universidade de Brasilia researchers were so interested in our trap and mosquito education program that they took a whole folder of documentation all about it!
Dr Macdonald presenting our education program and the benefits of our MozEcone trap to scientists in Rio de Janeiro
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The cornerstone of our mosquito management program is our patent pending MozEcone mosquito traps. This eco-friendly tool for mosquito management is based on 23 years of research and testing.
The ovi-positional traps are made from recycled plastics and based on a simple and innovative design. They split into two halves to allow internal access. The replaceable paddles, internal wall and contained water are utilised by gravid females of different species to deposit eggs on.
The globe shape of the trap allows for the trap to be disturbed or moved to another location, while still functioning in any sitting position. The dual funnels allow water catchment and drainage whilst also providing a guided, one-way entry into the trap.
The MozEcone traps have been tested within a semi-field cage through a leading Australian University with positive results.
We are offering our first production round of traps to our ReadyFundGo community to support the implementation of our pilot community programs in developing countries.
The clear plastic top and the ability to be easily opened, makes this trap perfect for school children to observe the mosquito life-cycle
The MozEcone mosquito trap can be placed in your backyard, forgotten about and it will continue to function
Product design for the MozEcone ovi-trap. The two entrances allows mosquitoes to enter from either direction but not exit the trap.
The MozEcone is designed to naturally collect water but to speed up the process you can add rainwater or distilled water
Our patent pending Screen trap targets mosquitoes and other airborne insect pests that attempt to enter a building through a window or door.
Screens used in current domestic and industrial buildings only keep pests out and no more. A screen that captures the pest would offer greater pest reduction. Imagine the potential of an entire village or suburb fitted with insect-trap screens to become an effective and unique community-wide trapping system for pests.
When fitted to an open window or door, the design of the screen trap allows the mosquito (or other pests) to gain entry into the holding chamber where it can not escape. This means that:
The traps can be placed singularly or in multiples, and can be placed and removed at will. The trap can be made of recycled plastic, bamboo or aluminium with mesh netting, and no moving parts or attractants. The simplicity of this design allows this trap to be produced cheaply and is able to fit any shape or size window or door.
So what are you waiting for? Be one of the first in the world to fortify your home with our Screen traps.
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Buy one of our innovative MozEcone traps for your backyard and send one to someone who really needs one but can’t afford it. Both traps will come with a USB with all the information you need.
Trying to think of something for the kids to do over the school holidays? Why not purchase one of our educational kits for your home with the added bonus of catching some of those pesky mozzies while they learn. The kit will include 2 x MozEcone traps, 1 x Screen trap, 1 x informational USB, a handheld microscope, 1 x aspirator, 1 x pipette and 1 x plastic tweezers.
Sponsor a Science kit to contribute to an education program. This program will be delivered to a school in a country where the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue have a debilitating impact on communities. The recipient of this package will get 2 x MozEcone traps, 1 x Screen trap, a USB information pack that includes an introduction of you as the sponsor, as well as an instruction manual showing them ways to help reduce the impact of mosquitoes in their community, 1 x Vector Testing kit, 1 x handheld microscope, 1 x aspirator, 1 x pipette and 1 x plastic tweezers.
If you are keen to really make a difference to a community, you can sponsor a school class with 30 of our MozEcone school packs that includes two traps (one backyard trap and one observation trap), an information USB, a handheld innovative microscope, a vector testing kit, tweezers and a pipette. Sponsoring a class also gives them the opportunity to connect with another school in our sister school program.
Your support will not only give you one of our mosquito traps for your own home, school or workplace (or one of our other rewards), but also help get our traps manufactured in Australia, and support the first roll-out of these internationally significant programs.
It will fund:
Our goal is to run a pilot program of mosquito education, management and research monitoring in primary schools in Australia and in developing countries.
We are currently working on setting up programs in Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste, but are still in the process of finalising locations to work in.
Our aim is to empower kids and communities to take part in a global movement towards a safer and more sustainable world.
A big shout-out to our wonderful supporters. We could not be here without these people!
Pascal Trojman with Dave Piggott in Total Plastics Solutions factory
Jack from Ryco in China with Rick Huisman (Ozmozeco) at Jack’s stall at the Canton Import Export Fair
ozMozEco is an Australian family business founded by mosquito specialist Dave Piggott and his two daughters, Samantha and Emily. Dave is an environmental pest management researcher and consultant with 23 years of field experience.
We are passionate about:
Dave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he was nicknamed ‘Mosha Dave’ (Mozzie Dave)
Dave Piggott (aka Mosha Dave) is an environmental pest management researcher and consultant. He specialises in mosquito management and is endlessly fascinated and captivated by this beautiful and deadly creature.
Dave has had a pro-active involvement in environmental pest management for the past 23 years. He practices and promotes environmentally sustainable and integrated management options. Dave has conducted product field trials for companies such as Dow Elanco, Agrevo and Novartis to assist them in gaining Australian certification for new biological pesticides. He has provided mosquito management, consultancy advice, education and training programs to Australian schools, community groups, international NGOs, state councils, resorts, mining operations, property developers and the wider pest control industry.
Dave meeting the local representatives of a business co-operative in Sylhet, Bangladesh
Dave’s aim is to provide viable and sustainable solutions to assist in the reduction of mosquito-transmitted viruses and diseases in communities.
Dave’s two daughters, Samantha and Emily, have been by his side helping him on his environmental mission for as long as they could walk. Together, as ozMozEco, they aim to provide the globe with environmentally friendly solutions to support healthy, sustainable communities.
Dave and Samantha in their local newspaper in 1994
As well as purchasing a MozEcone trap or another reward, it would make a big difference to us if you could help to share this project with your friends and family. By helping to spread awareness of our campaign, you will be helping us take steps towards environmentally friendly community-based mosquito management and disease reduction.