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Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved by EPA

Friday, April 20, 2018

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Global paints and coatings manufacturer Japan-based Kansai Paint Group recently announced that it gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a paint that repels mosquitoes.

The Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint is designed for interior use, the company says, and contains a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. The company maintains that the paint has “shown to significantly reduce the presence of mosquitos in painted areas.”

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Global paints and coatings manufacturer Japan-based Kansai Paint Group recently announced that it gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a paint that repels mosquitoes.

“Development of the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint marks a major milestone, not only for our company but also for the worldwide effort in fighting the spread of infectious diseases,” said Hiroshi Ishino, Kansai president.

“For generations, people all over the world have struggled with mosquito-borne illnesses and the effects they have on families and communities. Kansai is proud to be the first company in the world to develop a safe paint, approved by the EPA that addresses this challenge in a creative and effective way.”

The paint’s active ingredient, according to Kansai, disables the nervous system in mosquitos, preventing them from flying or biting. Further, the company says, the ingredient has not been shown to be a danger to humans, either by physical contact or oral ingestion.

“Our testing has showed that the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint was able to exterminate on contact more than 90% of mosquitoes and is effective for at least two years,” noted Kalpana Abe, Vice President, President’s Office, Kansai Paint Group. “It will deter various species of mosquitos, which can carry several viruses present in the U.S., including Zika and the West Nile.”

It is the only anti-mosquito paint currently approved by the EPA and it expected to be available in the U.S. this summer (it is already available in Uganda and Zambia).

Production of the paint in the U.S. will be led by U.S. Paint, which was acquired by Kansai in 2016.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coating chemistry; Coatings Technology; Coatings Technology; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EPA; Kansai Paint; Latin America; North America

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