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New method of mosquito birth control: sunshine

A cheap new contraption called the Solar Scare Mosquito busts breeding in the pesky little biters.

Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET

While mosquitoes only slightly disturb our summer camping trips and barbecues, they bring devastating illnesses like malaria, dengue fever, and the West Nile virus in some parts of the world. A new DIY solar-powered gadget, the Solar Scare Mosquito from Instructables user Gallactronics, is like birth control for mosquitoes, stopping the little biters from successfully breeding new generations.

Stagnant water is essential for mosquitoes to breed, and this sub-$10 solar-powered contraption basically ensures the water is always moving so any eggs that manage to reach the water's surface are suffocated. One Solar Scare covers a radius up to 2 meters (6.5 feet), and switches on automatically when it comes into contact with the water's surface.

We're supportive of any device aimed at ridding the world of the disease-carrying and otherwise party-ruining mosquito population, so hopefully the Solar Scare works as advertised. Check out the YouTube video below to see it in action for yourself.

(Via Hackaday)