Biogents mimics human skin scents with the BG-Sweetscent
A hungry female mosquito (male mosquitoes don’t bite) recognizes and finds its human blood source from a relatively long distance by the breath and skin scents. The most important component of breath is carbon dioxide (CO2), and it is used by most mosquitoes as a major host-finding cue. In addition to carbon dioxide, there are also certain components of human skin scents that provide the blood-seeking mosquito with important information. The most important is lactic acid (also found in sourkraut, yogurt, or cheese). Other substances like certain fatty acids or ammonia, also play a role. While they are not especially attractive by themselves, they synergistically and greatly improve the attractiveness of lactic acid.
An attractant for tiger mosquitoes
The BG-Sweetscent was developed through extensive laboratory and field testing. Numerous peer reviewed scientific articles have been published documenting the effectiveness of the attractant. Additionally, scientific studies show that using BG-Sweetscent in a variety of other commercially available mosquito traps can increase catch rates of mosquitoes that transmit diseases like Dengue, Zika or Chikungunya by up to 4 fold. BG-Sweetscent is the first attractant targeting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus that has been scientifically proven to work with many different traps.