Through advanced genetics Oxitec inserts a self-limiting gene into the target insect species.
When Oxitec males are released into the wild and mate with wild females their offspring inherit the self-limiting gene. The resulting offspring will die before reaching adulthood and the local target insect population will decline.
In some strains, we’ve introduced a variation on this approach in which males which inherit the self-limiting gene survive, but females die. For more information about Oxitec pest control please visit our dedicated product pages.