A team of scientists in Australia has developed a new type of mosquito-control material, that could be used to control mosquitoes, which have been reported to have killed at least 10 people across South Australia.
A study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that the material could be adapted to the skin of humans and be used in combination with other insecticides.
The new mosquito-toxin material is a mix of polyethylene glycol (PET) and a polymer known as biocontrol.
It was developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University, and uses a polymer that is highly flexible, allowing it to be easily removed by the skin and applied to areas of the body that are prone to insect bites.
It has been shown to be effective in controlling mosquitoes and other biting insects, and is currently being tested on mice.
The researchers have also developed a spray that can be applied to the eyes, nose and mouth to stop biting insects.
The researchers say that the new material could eventually be used as a skin barrier to prevent insects from biting humans.
“It’s an interesting new material, but it’s not going to be used for human health or safety,” senior author and senior lecturer in biochemistry Dr Mark Strydom said.
“It will be useful in the future in preventing mosquito bites and preventing human infections.
We are now in the process of adapting it to our skin for use in a variety of situations, but in the short term we are looking at using it to treat mosquito bites in the UK and Australia.”
Dr Stryd said that the team’s next step was to determine if the material would be safe for use on humans.
“We need to determine whether the material is safe and effective in humans and in other mammals, and if it can be used on humans to prevent insect bites and prevent human infections,” he said.
Dr Mark Stcydom said the researchers wanted to use the material for a range of different applications, including in the development of a mosquito-proof surface coating for the roof of homes.
He said that they also wanted to develop a spray for the treatment of skin irritation and for treating mosquito bites.
“The spray is quite flexible, so it could be applied at different locations, to different parts of the skin,” he added.
A variety of materials have been developed to control mosquito bites, but Dr Stcyd said the new one was unique.
“This is the first material that we have developed that is completely biocompatible, which means that you can use it on a variety different materials, so you can apply it to different skin types and on different areas of your body,” he explained.
In the future, he said, the team hoped to develop other materials that were biocommatible with the material, which would be able to be applied over an extended period of time to any area of the human body.
“Our goal is to look at how you could make a coating that is able to last for years, or even decades, and use it for any purpose,” he continued.
“For example, you could use it to protect your hands and feet or make a barrier to protect you from insects or disease.”