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This Sustainable Mosquito Trap Acts Like A Bug-Eating Plant

By Kristin Hunt

Nothing ruins a summer night quite like a hungry mosquito. One minute you’re enjoying grilled peaches with your friends and the next, you’re swatting and scratching the itchy new bumps on your arm.

But mosquitoes aren’t just annoying — they can pose serious health risks, too, as carriers of malaria and the Zika and West Nile viruses. It’s essential to ward off these bugs, though no one can agree on the best way to handle them. Netting and screens? Bug sprays? Citronella candles?

Researchers at Cornell are putting forth a new solution called the UPod. This “mosquito control device” is a round disc that draws power from the sun and functions like a carnivorous plant.