Eave Tubes: Protecting households against malaria mosquitoes

In2Care Eave Tubes are a new malaria control product that block mosquitoes from entering the house and effectively kill them with special insecticide-laced netting. The easy-to-install Eave tubes and removable gauze inserts are placed in the wall under the roof of houses where they attract malaria mosquitoes at night, block them from entering the house, and contaminate them with a lethal dose of insecticide.

In2Care is the designer, developer, IP owner and manufacturer of Eave Tubes, and has successfully developed low-cost and scalable processes for mass-production, installation, insecticide treatment and recycling. In2Care Eave Tubes offer significant benefits over other malaria vector control tools:

  • Protect the entire household non-stop
  • Low-cost and scalable design; easy-to-install & retreat
  • Effectively kill insecticide-resistant mosquitoes
  • Deploy 100 x less insecticides/house than IRS
  • Roof-level insecticide application reduces risk for human exposure
  • Ventilate the house & increase indoor comfort
  • Use natural airflow as mosquito lure
  • Block (also other) insects from entering the house

 

Eave Tubes are being reviewed by the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group as a new malaria vector control paradigm. To generate the needed scientific evidence, In2Care collaborates with academic institutes who are currenlty executing a large epidemiological field trial in Ivory Coast.

Low-cost

One-off Tube installment & low-cost mass-produced inserts that can be recycled

Effective

Protects the entire household and effectively kills even insecticide-resistant mosquitoes

Safe

Uses small amounts of safe insecticides beyond the reach of house occupants.

Novel design

Eave tubes deploy robust netting inserts designed to fit in standard 6-inch PVC tubes. Inserts are made from strong, yet flexible plastic material and can be mass-produced via injection-moulding. Their design enables easy handling and placement of inserts into the wall tubes from the outside of the house.

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Resistance-breaking

Eave tube netting uses In2Care’s patented innovative electrostatic coating technology to bind insecticides and transfer high doses to mosquitoes that make contact with the gauze. We showed that this is very effective against all mosquito species, even the ones that have become highly resistant to chemical insecticides. Eave tubes can therefore provide a resistance breaking tool against malaria vectors.