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OVI Trap what its all about


This will be my third beat since I started at DOST as writer. This topic is found interesting not just because it is a product of research from DOST but because OVI trap is one of the top of the line solution of the government to decrease the population of mosquito that causes dengue fever in the country.

The Philippines was bombarded by alarming dengue incidence last year that almost bring the country in a state of national calamity. “Almost” because though it doesn’t happen it reached the epidemic proportion in several regions leaving hundreds of patients died.

In fact, according to the official publication of DOH Healthbeat’s year-end countdown dengue is the top health issue faced by the Department of Health last year, leaving pressures to the government to look into a solution that might help reduce the occurrence of these disease.

I’m sure were all familiar with this dengue fever, but for the sake of those who don’t know it, dengue fever is sometimes called “breakdown fever” because of the muscle cramping it causes to the patient. Among the symptoms are; severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, red spots or patches on the skin, signs of bleeding, black stools, drowsiness or decrease consciousness, difficulty of breathing and pale or cold clampsy skin.

Dengue is not transmitted from one person to another but it can through the bite of Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito. These mosquitoes are the vectors of this disease that’s why DOH advised the public to search and destroy this insect before it brings death to the family.

One of the strategies that the government is giving emphasis now is the use of OVI trap or ovicidal trap in every household where mosquito can freely fly looking for the next victim they can bite. OviTrap is consists of a black plastic bottle loaded with ovicides and a lawanit cardboard paddle that can serve as medium where female mosquitoes lay their eggs. According Dr. Lillian de las Llagas, one of the technical experts of the study from UP Manila, the black color of the bottle serves as attractant to female mosquito to lay its eggs in the trap and the ovicide added to the water loaded in the bottle will kill the eggs. Thus, it reduces the population of mosquito in simplest way but effectively.

Ill make an in-dept article about this, when I come back from covering the launching of Ovitrap in Tacloban City, tomorrow morning 18 February 2011.

For more information about DOST OL Mosquito trap visit or click HERE

You can also read more articles on Dengue HERE


About Mon

Edmon Agron or "Mon" as his friends call him, is a fan of innovation and development. He loves reading and writing, and spends most of his spare time exploring the world of technology. Mon is an avid student of life and forever learner. He run and manage where he learned SEO and web development.


12 thoughts on “OVI Trap what its all about

  1. hi edmon…nice blog 🙂 pahiram ng photo ha 🙂

    Posted by framelia | May 15, 2011, 5:15 am
  2. Hi i would like to sana if where we can buy the ovitrap pls. Thank you.

    Posted by lhanie | August 5, 2011, 12:20 pm
  3. *ask

    Posted by lhanie | August 5, 2011, 12:23 pm
  4. currently, OL trap is manufactured by the ITDI-DOST, however DOST is now having on ongoing transaction about its commercialization.

    You may contact:

    Dr. Nuna E. Almanzor
    Director, ITDI
    Tel. No. (632) 837-3167, 837-2071 to 82
    loc. 2218, 2215
    Telefax No. (632) 837-3167/837-6150
    e-mail address:

    Posted by Mon | August 8, 2011, 12:39 am
  5. Sir, i am now workng with a proposal using ovitrap. Can i ask from your office or people who are involved with production to support me establish its effectiveness not just as surveillance tool but as a preventive device. Thanks a lot and i’ ll wait for your reply

    Posted by andy panlican | August 9, 2011, 3:55 pm
    • Happy to hear about that sir, you may contact

      Dr. Nuna E. Almanzor
      Director, ITDI
      Tel. No. (632) 837-3167, 837-2071 to 82
      loc. 2218, 2215
      Telefax No. (632) 837-3167/837-6150
      e-mail address:

      or Dr. Lilian A. de las Llagas of UP Manila College of Public Health at 02 524 2703

      Posted by Mon | August 9, 2011, 4:20 pm
  6. Sir, good morning. My son has a project in there school about ovitrap, his problem now is how or where to get this ovicide solution. Thanks and I’ll wait for your reply..

    Posted by evelyn | March 2, 2012, 1:10 am
  7. good evening po. my husband and I are volunteer members of our Parish Health Workers group. Ask po sana namin sino at paano po makaimbita ng speaker / facilitator para sa proposal naming Seminar/ Workshop on Awareness on Dengue: It’s Cause and Prevention. Likewise,how / where we can buy ovitraps, for initial distribution to identified priority areas of the community. Then, teach our parishioners how to make the ovitraps. The Seminar/ Workshop shall be held in the public school of our community.Jointly sponsored by the Barangay and our Parish. Hope to hear from you. Thank you so much.

    Posted by tessie b. merca | July 30, 2012, 2:37 pm

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