Life without mosquitos – is it possible?

Most of us reading this are lucky enough to live in a world where mosquitos are simply a nuisance. Some of us might have to worry about West Nile virus, but diseases like Malaria have mostly been eradicated.
Sadly, this isn’t true for many other parts of the world and resorting to toxic sprays is often the only recourse available. The Kite team wants to change all that. from their website:

The Kite™ team is comprised of a range of passionate professionals devoted to combating mosquito-borne diseases worldwide.
We assembled a world-class team of scientists, engineers, product designers, public health experts, and entrepreneurs to transform our scientific discoveries into real products that can have an impact on the lives of people around the world.

Years of research has led them to the creation of a simple small sticker which can be attached to clothing, cribs, pet collars- anything but skin, and anyplace it won’t get eaten. The patch blocks mosquitos’ ability to sense carbon dioxide, which is how they find something to bite.

Kite used crowdfunding to source live trials of the patch in Uganda, which are about to begin. EPA approval is pending in the US.

Kite Patch from SPARKHOUSE on Vimeo.

learn more, and help their efforts here: http://www.kitepatch.com/

Comments

  1. Very interesting Lori – I love what Kite is doing – the only solution we have found for the mosquitoes this year is a fan! – although sometimes when I tell them – “leave me alone and I won’t squash you” – that works for awhile. There was a good movie a couple months ago (?) with Hillary Swank about a mother’s crusade for mosquito netting.