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OUR RESEARCH & Development TEAM

has received multiple grants from the US Military, Washington Global Health and the National Institute of Health for innovations in mosquito traps and other technologies. The team has been awarded numerous patents and has published their results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. We collaborate with leading research universities around the world.

Featured Articles & Press Releases

Wing Beats - Ovitrap Article "Skeeter Wars"
Seattle Times Article
Dengue and Zika Control Wing Beats Article
Trap-N-Kill Wing Beats Article
NBC News Article
Waipio Valley Article
Bioprocess Online Article
Newswire Article
Visit from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
Lethal Ovitraps Fighting Dengue
Springstar Partnership Announcement
All About Mosquitoes with Mike Banfield
Mosquitoes, Dengue, and the Waipio Valley
Hawaii Tribune Herald Article
Brisbane Times Article
KUOW Article
Stepping up the Fight Against Zika
NIH Grant Awarded
Miami Herald Article

PUERTO RICO

SpringStar is currently working with the CDC in Puerto Rico, funded by 2 research grants from the NIH, to develop new mosquito control products. Aimed directly at the mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue, chikunguna, West Nile virus and yellow fever, the CDC-AGO trap is a simple, effective, and extensively tested mosquito control technology that could change the way communities control disease spreading mosquito populations.

To date, five years of field trials show an 85% reduction in these mosquito populations, and epidemiology studies show at least 50% reduction in disease transmission. SpringStar will be directing even larger field studies in the next two years and will be working with the local communities to help empower residents by using the 90+ program.

OUR REACH

Recent and ongoing programs:
Hawaii (Big Island)
Puerto Rico
Key West, Florida
Sint Maarten
Maldives
Brazil
Australia
Haiti
New Delhi, India

Programs in development:
Singapore
Bangladesh
India
Taiwan
Malaysia
Mexico
Philippines

BIG ISLAND, HAWAII

The recent outbreak of dengue fever in Hawaii highlights the need for effective new weapons in the mosquito control arsenal. SpringStar donated 500 Trap-N-Kill traps to help the village of Miloli'i, as well as put boots on the ground to work with community groups, the health department, local and state government, and the Civil Defense Agency to help the local community combat this devastating disease. This was critical in Hawaii, where the Department of Health is severely short staffed.

Using community contact and social media, there are now thousands of citizen vector control activists in Hawaii. Our recent experience in Hawaii emphasized that community-level use of our mosquito traps led to very high engagement and a better public understanding of this aspect of mosquito control. Additionally, engaging communities in mosquito source reduction, trap setup, and monitoring efforts allowed vector management staff to focus on mosquito management strategies, not trap deployment.


HUMANITARIAN DONATIONS

Invasive Mosquito Project (IMP) - SpringStar donated 12,500 ovitraps

Miloli'i Village, Hawaii - SpringStar donated 500 Trap-N-Kill traps

U.S. Navy, Continuing Promise 2017 mission - donated 500 Trap-N-Kill traps, 250 AGO traps, and fly traps