Mosquitoes act as carriers for several vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, and yellow fever. They were also known to be carriers during the Zika virus epidemic in 2015–16. Mosquito-repellent paints are emerging as one of the effective methods of repelling mosquitoes in addition to the conventionally used methods such as mosquito-repellent coils, vaporizers, mats, sprays, and creams.
Mosquito-repellent paints currently available in the market are generally found to be effective for about two to three years after their application. These paints are water-based and they contain microencapsulated synthetic pyrethroid insecticide, which disables the mosquito’s nervous system. This prevents it from biting humans. Commercialization of these paints would be a significant step toward prevention of diseases that are spread through mosquitoes. Ingredients of mosquito repellent paints are not found to be dangerous to human health on physical contact or ingestion. These paints are similar to regular paints with an added property of mosquito repellence.
Mosquito-repellent paints are available in the market under various brand names: ALES ANTI-MOSQ by Kansai Paints, Mozzi by Paints & Coatings Manufacturers Nigeria Plc, and Mozzieguard by Nippon Paints. Based on end-use, the global mosquito-repellent paints market can be segmented into: residential and non-residential. Based on application, the global mosquito-repellent paints market can be segregated into interior walls and exterior walls. The popularity of mosquito-repellent paints is growing, as these are non-invasive in nature and they do not need direct contact with the human body, unlike creams.