A House Paint Reduces Bug-Borne Diseases – BusinessweekPosted: May 17, 2012
Health authorities are increasingly receptive to technologies that can overcome resistance bugs build up to insecticides, says S. Patrick Kachur, chief of the malaria branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Mateo’s formula helps slow the development of resistance because the paint is packed with multiple pesticides, which she buys from big companies such as BASF (BAS), Bayer (BAYN), and Dow AgroSciences (DOW). Traditional sprays typically hold just one formula because mixing them could render them ineffective; the microcapsules keep ingredients from interacting. Most important, the microcapsules reduce the quantities of insecticides needed.