News: "High Tech Hope for Repelling Mosquitoes" - New York Times on Kite

A native Alaskan with a long history of dealing with mosquitoes, New York Times “Wired Well”  reporter Jennifer Jolly featured Kite in her column exploring the global impact of mosquitoes and how people deal with them.

The stakes are high. So far, 40 states have recorded cases of West Nile virus. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes remain the deadliest animal on the planet, carrying diseases like West Nile, chikungunya and malaria that kill more than a million people a year. Any new technology that effectively and consistently repels mosquitoes will not only make summers more comfortable — it will save lives.

In the article, Jolly surveys the traditional repellent landscape and describes her visit with Kite’s Grey Frandsen at the company’s Riverside laboratory. Jolly expresses hope in the Kite approach during a brave session bringing her up close and personal with mosquitoes.

The new compound works by confusing a mosquito’s senses, hindering its ability to target us based on the carbon dioxide we exhale, and confounding its capacity to locate us up close. The Kite compound was effective in the lab, but the ultimate test will come once it can be worn in all corners of the mosquito-covered planet. If that happens, it means that in the age-old battle of humans versus mosquitoes, humans may finally have a shot at winning.

Read the full article here: "High Tech Hope for Repelling Mosquitoes"