For most of us, mosquitos are pests. The word “mosquito” makes you think of itchy, red bumps that seem to never go away. For others, mosquitos are more than that – they’re deadly. Over one million people worldwide die from mosquitos each year, making mosquitos the most deadly organisms alive.
The new Kite Patch, developed by Kite Products, could offer protection against malaria, West Nile Virus, dengue fever, and Zika Virus by blocking a mosquito’s ability to sense humans. The Kite Patch confuses the mosquito’s sense receptors that point them toward a food source, which would keep them from finding and biting us. Placing the patch on the clothing or the skin produces something like an invisible force field – without the pollution of your average bug spray. The active ingredients in the Kite Patch are derived from plants, cutting down on pollution and chemicals that other mosquito repellants offer (ah, the smell of bug-spray in the evening).
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the National Institute of Health, and ieCrowd (a crowd-funding site), Kite will be able to offer the Kite Patch to those who need it most.
Where could this lead us? Less sickness for all people suffering from fear of mosquito-born diseases? An easier pathway to school and to success for women and children in third world countries? A full life without the annoyance of mosquitos?! The possibilities are endless.
The Kite Patch is expected to launch in 2017, market-ready.