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Health topic Malaria
Health classification Preventative
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Location United States
Status Commercialized
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Malaria mosquitos are common in wetlands, especially in rice growing regions and in cool shaded wooded areas and pools. Individuals are in danger of being bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito when in proximity to these types of landscapes. For this reason, individuals can benefit from using a portable, non-toxic device that protects against malaria-transmitting mosquitoes.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

ThermaCELL is a portable, battery-less, non-toxic device that dispenses a small amount of heated mosquito repellent into the air over a long period of time. This device is powered by a butane cartridge which provides the cordless, portable heat necessary to vaporize the repellant, which mimics naturally occurring insecticide. The repellant creates an area of 15 x 15 ft (225 sq ft) of protection against mosquitoes. The product promises to keep 98% of biting insects at a distance.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Design: This device was developed under a cooperative research and development agreement between The Schawbel Corporation and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
  • Manufacturing: United States

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

ThermaCELL was tested by the United States Army and it was used by the U.S. Army in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

The U.S. Army

References[edit | edit source]

Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]

Alten, B., Caglar, S.S., Simsek. F.M., Kaynas, S., & Perich, M.J. (2003). Field evaluation of an area repellent system (Thermacell) against Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) and Ochlerotatus caspius (Diptera: Culicidaw) in Sanliurfa Province, Turkey. Journal of Medical Entomology, 40(6), 930-934.

Kitchen, L.W., Lawrence, K.L., & Coleman, R.E. (2009). The role of the United States military in the development of vector control products, including insect repellents, insecticides, and bed nets. Journal of Vector Ecology, 34(1), 50-61.

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

ThermaCELL's main website is found here.

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Home and Garden Product Fact Sheet. PDF available.

IP and copyright[edit | edit source]

US Patent No. 7,835,631 Link available here.

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Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
SDG SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Eva Shiu
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
Translations Polish
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Created February 15, 2012 by Eva Shiu
Modified November 23, 2022 by Irene Delgado
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