The Kite Patch – An Anti Mosquito Force Field

Between sprays, clip-ons and those scented candles that don’t seem to work, we have all been looking for a simpler, better solution to avoiding mosquitos. Thanks to the Kite Patch, we may have found our answer. The Kite Patch is a little square sticker that emits a cloak of chemical compounds that block a mosquito’s ability to sense humans.

According to its developers, users simply have to place the patch onto their clothes, and they become invisible to mosquitoes for up to 48 hours.

Though the Kite seems a little fantastical, it’s backed by some legitimate technology. Back in 2011, Dr. Anandasankar Ray, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside (and founder of Olfactor Labs), found that certain chemical compounds can inhibit the carbon dioxide receptors in mosquitoes. These smelly compounds, which act like a anti-mosquito force field, are able to disorient the bugs, whose main method of tracking down humans is through our exhalation of CO2.

The findings were considered a breakthrough moment in the field, but the technology was far from ready to be applied to a consumer product mostly because the compounds were toxic and wouldn’t be able to pass through FDA and EPA approval. “It wasn’t ready to be placed into a product that could mean something globally,” explains Grey Frandsen, Vice President at ieCrowd. That’s where his company came in.

The Kite Patch needed to be affordable, adaptable and easy to use, which is why it was designed as a square sticker.

You can support the Kite Patch campaign on Indigogo here. You can also find out more about the innovators at ieCrowd and Olfactor Labratories.