Developing New Tools


Our approach involves ensuring the sustainability of current intervention strategies by investing in the development and evaluation of new insecticides and approaches to overcome insecticide resistance and designing new tools and interventions that target mosquitoes that evade these current practices.  

AvecNet has developed the following new tools: 




Developing capacity, and improving standards for experimental hut trials of new insecticide products from industrial partners.

Evaluating new formulations of insecticides against characterised insecticide resistant populations in the lab and the field.

Developing diagnostics for detecting metabolic resistance to insecticides in field populations.



Developing a state of the art system for recording mosquito movement that can be used to determine precisely how mosquito’s interact with insecticide treated surfaces.

Creating a panel of mosquito detoxification enzymes that are being used to screen new active ingredients for potential cross resistance to existing insecticides at a very early stage in the product development pipeline.


Evaluating the longevity of protection provided by the spatial repellent, transfluthrin, when applied to sisal material.

Evaluating the protective effect of insecticides applied by famers to their cattle, in protecting livestock families from mosquito bites.

Improving on the design of odor baited traps to reduce man mosquito contact.



Testing net wall hangings and plastic sheeting coated with organophosphate insecticides, in the absence of presence of bednets,  in areas with high pyrethroid  resistance.

Demonstrating how larviciding costs can be substantially reduced by targeted applications of longer lasting products.

Using ‘photo voice’ to capture householders attitudes to mosquitoes and malaria.



Developing new adhesive traps for passive collections of indoor and outdoor resting mosquitoes.

Developing a novel Electric Grid Trap that provides an exposure free means of assessing host seeking mosquitoes.