Volcanic Glass Spray can Prove Effective To Control Mosquitoes

Volcanic Glass Spray can Prove Effective To Control Mosquitoes

Published: 27-Jun-2020 | Published By: Market Research Store

According to a new study, indoor residual spray produced by combining water and a type of volcanic glass has effectively helped in controlling the malaria mosquitoes. The outcomes from the study will help in declining the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes especially malaria in Africa.

In Africa, around 400,000 people are annually killed owing to malaria. Indoor residual sprays and bed nets that are insecticide treated are the common and the helpful methods used by the people of Africa to minimize mosquitoes. The requirement for the alternative safe method has become a need as the mosquitoes are becoming resistant to the insecticides like pyrethroids. 

Perlite is the volcanic glass material that is being used in the spray. Perlite is an industrial mineral that is used in the gardens as a soil additive and in building materials. Imergard WP, is the tested insecticide made from perlite, which can coated on the ceilings and interior walls. The insecticide spray is very much cost effective and contains no additional chemicals thus less harmful. In the early study, the results are that the mosquitoes were non-resistant to the perlite spray.  

The study to test the effects of Imergard WP was conducted with the help of North Carolina State University entomologists, Imerys Filtration Minerals Inc., and Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC). To test the spray effect on wild and more disposed strains of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, which are the primary malaria vector in sub-Saharan Africa, the spray were used in the investigational huts in the Republic of Benin (West Africa).

According to David Stewart, commercial development manager for Imerys, using perlite as an insecticide is a very novel technique and it can be considered as insect vector management program’s part.

Journal Insects has published this study and it was funded by U.S. Department of Defense's Deployed War-Fighter Protection Program and Imerys. 

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