Vestergaard, a family owned global health company, unveiled the PermaNet screen, the first long-lasting insecticidal screen designed to kill mosquitoes by contact. The new technology was designed to control mosquitoes that spread mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika, West Nile Virus, Dengue and Chikungunya in high traffic areas like outdoor restaurants, public parks, schools, playgrounds and shopping centers.
The new technology has the potential to influence where consumers spend time outdoors. In a recent survey Vestergaard found 48% of respondents would dine at outdoor restaurants, 42% would attend events at outdoor venues, 35% would shop at outside retail outlets and 33% would visit stadiums and sports fields that utilize PermaNet screen.
“We’ve manufactured long lasting insecticidal bed nets with similar technology to prevent the spread of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in the developing world for more than 20 years,” said CEO, Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen. “The appearance of the Zika virus in 2016 and the subsequent official CDC travel warning for Miami illustrated the need for protective measures here in the U.S. PermaNet® Screen provides a way for businesses to protect customers that want to spend more time outdoors and differentiate in competitive markets.”
“Mosquitoes are not just a nuisance, they are a public health concern capable of spreading Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya and West Nile,” said Vestergaard, COO Zeb Portanova. “PermaNet® Screen’s ability to kill mosquitoes bv contact and provide protection for at least two years make it the ideal tool for protecting our communities.”
PermaNet screen uses an innovative insecticide delivery mechanism to slowly release the insecticide deltamethrin to the surface of the screen. Deltamethrin is an insecticide approved by the World Health Organization for us on bednets. The deltamethrin is incorporated into the fibers that make up the screen and slowly migrates from inside the fiber to the outside surface of the screen so that, when a mosquito lands on the UV-protected screen, it touches the insecticide on the surface and dies. The long-lasting insecticidal effect lasts for at least two years.