Researchers say slippery walls make it difficult for biting insects to rest

Researchers say slippery walls make it difficult for biting insects to rest

As the planet warms, outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases are becoming more common around the world. Traditional solutions include bed nets or chemical treatment – but researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering are trying a new angle: mosquito-repellent paint. The team, led by Kevin Golovin, an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, aims to develop new paint formulations that makes walls – the two-winged insect’s preferred indoor resting place – inhospitable. The project is one of five supported by the Global Engineering Seed (GESeed) program in its first round. The catalyst fund was created at U of T Engineering’s Centre of Global Engineering (CGEN) to support the development of community-engaged research that addresses critical challenges in Indigenous communities and countries in the Global South. …
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