Background information on artificial human skin scents
Biogents developed artificial scents that mimic human skin odors. Using special formulation technology and scent dispensers, attractant components are released in precisely the right amounts to produce a finely tuned mixture of scents which increase the capture rates of Biogents traps especially for Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti.
BG-Sweetscent increases catch rates of many traps for Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus
The highest catch rates are achieved when using the BG-Sweetscent in combination with a Biogents trap. But additionally, the BG Sweetscent is the first attractant targeting Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus that has been scientifically proven to work with many different traps: Scientific studies show that using BG Sweetscent in a variety of commercially available mosquito traps can increase catch rates of mosquitoes that transmit diseases like Dengue, Zika or Chikungunya by up to 10 fold.
Two studies from independent organizations in Florida and Lousiana showed the effect of the BG-Sweetscent on different traps with similar study design: Each trap was tested with and without the BG-Sweetscent attractant:
tests were designed as Latin square tests
no CO2 was added to the traps
trap types: suction trap and zapper trap
1) Study #1 conducted in Gainesville, FL showed increased catch rates for Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus in traps with BG-Sweetcent in comparison to the same traps without BG-Sweetscent:
2) Study #2 conducted in Lake Charles, LA showed increased catch rates for Ae. albopictus in traps with BG-Sweetcent in comparison to the same traps without BG-Sweetscent:
BG-Sweetscent is effective for up to two months. It comes as a sachet filled with three attractive components in granular form, and offers the following features:
a natural emission pattern – the release pattern of the cocktail of active molecules is designed to resemble the natural emission of human skin odors
protection against enviromental influence – the waterproof envelope allows a diffusion of the components through the membrane, and at the same time the components are protected against rain, humidity, and light
excellent emission profile – the components are formulated into special polymers that provide a controlled release of the active ingredients.
The BG-Sweetscent consists of polymer particles that provide a uniform mixture of the components.