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No More Mosquito Bites? New Patch Works Wonders

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 01:41 PM

Kid-safe bands with plant oils, chemically treated clothes, and bug sprays all offer protection against biting insects. But a new patch under development may finally spell the end of mosquito bites, The New York Times reports.

The patch — developed by the Kite company in Riverside, Calif. — essentially creates a mosquito-repelling force field around your body.

The Times reports a team of Kite scientists and tech-savvy entrepreneurs is putting the finishing touches on a stickerlike patch, meant to be worn on clothing, that essentially makes humans invisible to mosquitoes.

The patch, which isn’t available yet, but is set to be released in 2016. It is made of fragrances and other compounds that don’t require federal approval.

It 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.

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