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Mauritius mosquitoes inspires couple to develop innovative net 

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Mauritius mosquitoes inspires couple to develop innovative net 
Nathalie Capitaine, and her husband, Francois

It was while working in Mauritius that they had the idea, seeing that mosquitoes, potentially carriers of chikungunya, were passing through their mosquito net.

After “mosquitoes posed a real health problem and coils of insecticide made us cough”, they took action.

The ex-professor of physics, Nathalie Capitaine, and her husband, Francois, a specialist in polymers, have developed their own mosquito net that is no longer chemical but mechanical.

And that’s how Mostiglass was born. These nets are rigid, made of polycarbonate sheets (the material of spectacle lenses) laser-drilled with very fine holes. They hang between windows and shutters and can slide or withdraw.

The company that makes them, GoCap, claims World Health Organization-approved maximum efficiency, rock-solid durability, and a 10-year warranty.

Plus, this bonus, imagined by Nathalie Capitaine: a plate that refreshes the air, thanks to holes in the shape of cones, wider on the outside than on the inside. As a result, on entering the hole, the air accelerates, the pressure drops and the temperature also. Mostiglass promises a temperature of 25 degrees inside when it is 29 outside.

Since 2018, Mostilglass has sold “several tens of thousands” mosquito nets, assures François Capitaine, to individuals but also to schools or nurseries.

Seventy Parisian crèches have already equipped themselves with the device and individuals are flocking. The couple, who filed the patent in 2018, will hire around ten people to continue producing in France, in Dax in the Landes.

“Canada, Japan, Mozambique, Thailand… we are called from all over the world, there are mosquitoes everywhere! Other factories could be born elsewhere to reduce transport costs “but maintaining low prices to remain accessible to all”.

With an accelerating pace: there were, he says, more sales between January and April 2022 than for the whole of 2021. 

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