“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” -Anita Roddick
There’s a lot to enjoy when it’s warm and tropical, which it is many places this time of year. The flowers are out, the Sun often shines, and there’s no shortage of spectacular music. Have a listen to to West Virginia-based band The Recipe, as they rock out (and give a shout-out to Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk) in their great song,
But there’s an unwelcome visitor that comes along with this kind of weather: the mosquito.
Some people seem to be particularly attractive to mosquitoes, and I happen to be one of them. While the itchy, red bumps that ensue from the bites are annoying enough, the also carry infectious (and sometimes deadly) diseases, including malaria, west nile virus, dengue fever and chikungunya, among others.
Until recently, the only way to prevent infection was through mosquito netting, which can be expensive, are often difficult to use, and don’t really allow you to go outside and live the life you normally would. They’re great for keeping mosquitoes out while you’re trying to sleep, but that’s fairly limited protection.
More recently, they’ve managed to genetically engineer mosquitoes that neither carry nor infect humans with some of these viruses. This is great, but it’s a herculean task to replace all the normal mosquitoes that serve as disease vectors with this benign version.
Instead, there may be a simple, inexpensive and incredibly effective way to simply keep mosquitoes away from humans in the first place, and I’m so excited for it I simply had to introduce it you you.
Meet the Kite Patch! A small, square patch that you affix to your clothing, the Kite Patch renders any humans in a large area around it completely invisible to mosquitoes! They’re working on a large field test now, and this could be the biggest breakthrough ever in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
Best of all, you can kick in a relatively small amount of money toward this project and receive a set of patches for yourself, each one which will effectively render you and your entire family immune to mosquitoes for 48 hours! For someone who’s basically mosquito-bait like me, this is a summer evening’s dream-come-true!
I’m so happy to bring you something remarkable that’s also doing such good in the world, and if you’ve got a few minutes, you might enjoy watching this short video about the Kite Patch.