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Mosquito Paralyzing Paint: It Would be Great If It Works

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Mosquitoes: the end is nigh.

Those who follow this blog know that I’m pretty taken with the advances being made in paints and coatings. We might not be seeing these advances in the paint we buy at the home center yet, but it’s fun to anticipate what’s coming.

So the latest I’ve seen is a paint that disables the nervous system in mosquitoes, which prevents them from flying or biting. The paint has been developed by Japanese-based Kansai Paint Group, which bought U.S. Paint, headquartered in St. Louis, a couple of years ago. The paint is 90% effective for at least two years. It has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in the United States and is projected to be available here this summer. We have a number of mosquito-borne viruses the paint should be effective against, including Zika and West Nile. The paint is already available in Uganda and Zambia.

How cool. It’s really not that difficult to imagine how this paint could work. An insecticide of some sort that is not harmful to humans is formulated into the paint so that when a mosquito lands on it, it is paralyzed. So far the paint has been developed only for indoor applications. But I don’t see why it couldn’t also work for exterior paints.

– Bob Flexner

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  • Jdoubleh

    Seems like mosquitoes would be difficult to paint without a lot of over spray.

  • SmilingDog

    We forget that as annoying as mosquitoes are they are a food source for birds, bats, and other insects. As intriguing as this new paint sounds no doubt there are better ways of controlling mosquitoes and still leaving wildlife food that is not tainted by chemicals.

    • Bob Flexner
      Bob Flexner

      I should have probably been a little more nuanced in this post because you are right about the value of mosquitoes. But, nevertheless, I really enjoy visiting family in Los Angeles where there are very few mosquitoes, especially compared to where I live. There aren’t many birds in Los Angeles either, and there are lots here. You have a point.

  • jeanpaulmiller

    Outdoor use would not be good it leeches a chemical that is bad for aquatic life and would kill ‘good’ bugs like honey bees, ladybugs and mantis. For general environmental concern you might consider avoiding such paints even indoors.

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