Insect Release Cages. Management strategies involving the mass-release of living control agents have been developed, including genetic control with insects and biological control with parasitoids. The final step of control programs is the release of insects in the field. Different release cages (also "insect release boxes") for ground-based release of mosquitos, rigid or collapsible, single or modular, were developed by Vienna Scientific for research partners to allow for releasing highly defined quantities and preventing injuries during the storage and transport prior to release - both significantly enhancing the effectivity of the management measures. Contact us to develop and build insect release cages fitting your research needs and control programs! Some designs of insect release cages are shown below for illustration purposes.
Insect release cages are enclosures designed to contain, transport and release defined numbers of insects in a controlled manner. They are commonly used in insect ecology, pest management and biological control programs such as SIT. Insect release cages are typically made of mesh or netting material but also perforated plastic - allowing air and light to pass through while preventing insects from escaping. Cages can be of various shapes and sizes depending on the number and size of insects to be released, filling procedures, transport conditions, and the desired release rate / process (manual, automated, ground or airborne). Insect are usually entered to cages in the rearing facility in a chilled, immobilized state. Potentially, insect aspirators / collectors with fans (for creating a suction force) could be used to aspire defined numbers of flying, mobil insects to release cages. Some cages may also have a central release point or door that allows insects to be released in a specific location or direction, or to be automatically deployed using UAVs. Cages for mass release programs are ideally collapsible after use and modular, reducing transportation volume and costs. Release cages ideally also include bottom plates of creped paper, sponges or similar to provide the insects with moisture or sugar solution during transport and/or acclimation phases.
Insect release cages are used for a variety of purposes, including
Overall, insect release cages are a particularly important tool for the control and management of insect populations. However, cage design need to be adapted, developing optimal solutions for specific species and tasks. Vienna Scientific supports you in developing effective release cages for your insect research and/or management application - get in contact!