Electrostatic net kills resistant mosquitoes

Published in Chemistry World, 1 Sep 2015

A mosquito net that binds insecticides with electrostatic forces could be a significant step towards eradicating tropical diseases like malaria and dengue, according to the researchers who have developed it. The net is claimed to be up to ten times more effective at killing insecticide-resistant mosquitos, and works even when the insects land for just a few seconds.

Mosquito-borne diseases are a huge global problem, particularly in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization, malaria alone kills more than half a million people every year. There are no vaccines against these diseases, and so controlling them means killing the mosquitos that carry them, often with insecticides. […]

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