Mosquitos can cause significant human suffering, so researchers are looking for innovative ways to prevent them from spreading disease. One recent paper has investigated graphene.
Mosquito bites can be itchy and unpleasant, but that is only the thin end of their deadly wedge.
Mosquitos can spread dengue and yellow fever, the Zika and West Nile viruses, chikungunya, and malaria.
In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquitos are some of the deadliest animals on earth; malaria alone caused 438,000 deaths in 2015.
Although certain products can minimize the risk of a mosquito bite, the authors of the recent study explain that these chemical agents “can have environmental or human health side effects.”
Finding safer, more effective ways of preventing mosquitos from biting is therefore vital.