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.
Increasing awareness regarding diseases spread through mosquitos would act as a driving factor for the mosquito-repellent paints market in the near future. Mosquito-repellent paints are available in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, India, and Singapore. In Singapore, these paints have received approval from the National Environment Agency. The anti-mosquito paint developed by Kansai Paints, Japan received approval from the U.S. EPA (Environment Protection Agency) in 2018. The global mosquito-repellent paints market is anticipated to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period, with the growing adoption of these paints throughout the world.