Plainfield inventor launches campaign to make his mosquito trap in U.S.
Plainfield―Plainfield resident Yuri Gallegos was accustomed to travelling for his job. An engineer and product designer, Gallegos’ work took him all over the globe. During a trip to Brazil three years ago, Gallegos was shocked by the many cases of Zika and dengue fever in the country. When Zika cases began to appear in the U.S., he became convinced he could find a new way to control mosquitos in an environmentally-friendly manner.
The local inventor has been working with the University of St. Francis’ Business Incubator for small businesses and the Joliet Junior College Maker Lab to develop his product and bring it to market. This March his company, Quasar Design, launched their very first Indiegogo campaign to produce the “ElimiFly”, a highly-effective, eco-friendly mosquito exterminator.
Gallegos said that the product uses biodegradable materials in a non-toxic trap. It kills large numbers of mosquitoes without endangering other wildlife. The mosquito trap is simple to use. It requires only 5 watts of energy, along with its biodegradable, non-toxic attractant, to lure mosquitoes into a fan that pulls them in. Unlike other methods like sprays and candles, which keep mosquitoes away for a few hours, the ElimiFly kills hundreds of mosquitoes per day. It is more effective than UV light traps, which don't work well and kill many beneficial insects, such as honeybees.
ElimiFly has attracted enough investors to make molds and start production in China, but Gallegos wants to make the mosquito killer in the United States. He stated, “So many people in Joliet have helped me. I really want to make the ElimiFly in the United States. It costs more to make it here, but the quality is better, and this is my home.” His company is hoping to attract enough pre-orders through their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign at https://igg.me/at/ElimiFly to be able to manufacture in Illinois or Wisconsin. The campaign ends on May 2, 2017, and has already raised more than $4800.
Mosquito-borne illnesses are no longer confined to tropical locales. Cases of Zika were reported this summer in the U.S., and the West Nile Virus is routinely found in Will County. “My hope is that the ElimiFly will help people living in areas where mosquito bites and diseases limit our ability to enjoy the outdoors,” he said.
More information about the Elimifly can be found on its Indiegogo campaign page, https://igg.me/at/Elimifly or at www.ElimiFly.com.