Bangalore: An innovative mosquito apparatus
that mimics the human body, attracts mosquitoes and kills them
without use of any harmful chemicals is set to hit the markets
"Mozzquit" is one of the prize-winning products that was
displayed at an exhibition on the occasion of the vision
summit organised by the India Semiconductor Association here.The product, priced at Rs 2,990, would be available in the
market in two months, its brainchild, Igantius Orwin Noronha,
Managing Director of Leowin Solutions Pvt Ltd, told agency.
Noronha claimed Mozzquit is effective even in an area of
10,000 square feet, provided there are no "wall barriers"
(without pillars). It attracts, traps and kills harmful
mosquitoes and does not use harmful chemicals such as those
found in other products.
"It`s not a repellent. The apparatus attracts and kills
mosquitoes instantly and they are collected in removable
containers fitted in the bottom. The operating cost is
negligible -- 25 paise electricity cost daily and some Rs 50
every two years for replacement of small parts," Noronha, a
commerce graduate, explained."It even sucks invisible and minute dust particles", he
Noronha said the National Institute of Malaria Research
has certified the product and the Department of Scientific and
Industrial Research initiatlly gave him Rs 75,000 as micro
Now DSIR has given him Rs 45 lakh to commercialise the
product, he said.
In the meanwhile, he is raising Rs 3.5 crore to Rs four
crore by offering 20 per cent equity in his company to Indian
Angel Network to fuel his distribution, marketing and sales
The product idea came to him after Noronha saw a "mosquito
magnet" some years ago carrying a huge price tag of Rs 1.1
lakh, which even needed to be fitted with three LPG cylinders.
First Published: Monday, February 1, 2010, 18:47