Dealing with mosquitoes can be quite a pesky ordeal with many of the tried and tested methods not always effective. However, California-based start-up Olfactor Laboratories has developed a sticker which makes the wearer invisible to these annoying little insects.
Known more commonly as the Kite Patch, the sticker uses non-toxic materials to block mosquitoes from detecting the carbon-dioxide emitted when we speak. “When you wear Kite, the product makes you practically invisible to mosquitos,” said Dr. Michelle Brown, the project’s chief researcher. “And we’ve been able to accomplish this using food-grade FDA approved compounds, removing the need to use toxic and dangerous chemicals that are currently found in today’s products.”
The project has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health through UC Riverside. Although it is a welcome addition to the various methods use to prevent mosquitoes from harming us, the project is more focused on curbing mosquito borne-diseases.
“For more than half of the world’s population, primarily in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America, effective mosquito control means the difference between life and death,” said Kite creative lead Torrey Tayenaka. “Despite continued international efforts, a child dies from malaria every minute of every day.”
“This science could very well change the game in the international community’s fight against Malaria, Dengue, West Nile, and other deadly diseases,” said Dr. Brown in a press release. “There is no silver bullet. However, we are confident that our work to make humans invisible to mosquitoes will be transformational in the broader war against mosquito-borne diseases.”