AMF is a unique silicone-based liquid for mosquito control.
It spreads across the surface of
standing water - even large water bodies – and forms a very thin film. As
silicones have a very low surface tension, the film prevents pupae and larvae
from attaching themselves at the surface while attempting to breathe, thereby
causing them to drown
The product has a purely physical action and does not
contain any toxic chemicals.
Its strong spreading action ensures that it will move around
vegetation and other obstacles on the surface, and it is highly resistant to
wind or wave action. It is also unaffected by rain falling on the surface.
Extensive trials around the world have shown that Aquatain AMF is
effective on the surface for up to 4 weeks.
Aquatain AMF is approved for sale in 60 countries including Australia. In April 2015, the European Commission formally exempted the product from registration in the European Union due to its physical action.
Aquatain AMF has been prequalified
by the World Health Organization (WHO) for procurement by the UN and other international
agencies and countries in tackling mosquito-borne diseases.
prequalification scheme replaces the previous WHOPES scheme,and it provides a
reassurance to users that the product has been extensively assessed by WHO in
terms of efficacy, safety and quality.
Silicones - the active ingredients in Aquatain AMF - are one of the most widely used polymers in the
world. They are used in consumer products such
as shampoos and lipsticks, medicinal and pharmaceutical products, industrial
products such as waterproofing compounds, and even in food applications.
Does Aquatain AMF Compare To Other Mosquito Control Products?
Unlike bed nets and chemical spraying,
which are aimed at adult mosquitoes, Aquatain AMF is aimed at the mosquito
breeding stages and is therefore complementary to these methods.
Aquatain AMF also has advantages over
chemical and biological larvicides:
- special equipment is not needed, and it can be applied by the general public
- its efficacy is not affected in
heavily polluted water
- it has an impact on all stages of the breeding cycle – not just on one stage
- unlike chemical larvicides, it is
In addition, as Aquatain AMF has a
physical action rather than a chemical action, mosquitoes cannot develop a
resistance to it. This is a very important advantage, as there is emerging
evidence that commonly used mosquito control measures are becoming ineffective.
Aquatain AMF is now available in the retail market in Australia under the name of Envirosafe MosquitoDrops. It's available at Bunnings and Mitre 10 stores.
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