Description of Challenge> Breed concentrations of mosquitoes, which spread diseases such as malaria. > Malaria, which has been militating against our well-being. > We are spending a lot of money, time and efforts using artificial chemical drugs and insecticides which also are creating unforeseen dangers to hour health.
In the spirit of the saying of our fathers: ‘If a problem is identified, it is half solved’. It is no longer a mystery how mosquitoes breed and how they come to infect us with malaria. Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant waters and water drainage systems which are not properly managed or badly designed.
To address this issue of mosquitoes breeding using biological control systems, we improve the natural aquatic system to design sustainable surface ponds, increasing the health of the water ecosystem. We achieve this by enhancing biodiversity of water life, which includes introducing amphibians, reptiles, and a variety of water plants and weeds. This creates a micro-climate which is sustainable and keeps water life in abundance.
Crucially, we introduce a light source (bulb) to shed some light on the water every night. This attracts surrounding mosquitoes towards the pond and lets them lay their eggs in the water. The other life in the pond (amphibians, fish, other insects etc) will eat both the eggs and the live mosquitoes.
This solution has proven very effective, while it is also simple and ecological friendly.
Region: Permaculture Forest Garden Project Nigeria
Link: www.permaculturenigeria.org (check more specific link)