The Interceptor is a Long-Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) that knocks down, kills, and repels mosquitos as they come in contact with the net for up to 4 years and 25 wash cycles.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Various aid organizations working with BASF, including Red Cross, UNICEF, and Roll Back Malaria
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Aid organizations can purchase the nets directly from BASF. The aid organizations will then distribute the nets to the target beneficiaries in their own manner.
Distributions to Date Status
Bursting Strength (kPa)
189 + 15%
Expected lifespan (months, washes)
Insecticide content (g/kg)
Protection from insect entry (yes/no)
Retreatment required? (frequency)
Mesh net coated with alpha-cypermethrin using a polymer binder. The binder attaches the active agent to the binder such that the active ingredient remains evenly distributed across the surface for years. How the net works: 1) Net fibers coated with alpha-cypermethrin 2) Mosquito makes brief contact with the net 3) Mosquito is paralyzed and "knocked down" 4) Mosquito dies within minutes
BASF video about malaria
Holes can be patched with local materials, although the insecticide will no longer be present on that spot.
About 4 years. The net is tested to remain fully functioning after 20 wash cycles.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Tunnel test: 80% mortality & 90% blood feeding inhibition after 20 washes. Cone Bioassay Test: 80% mortality & 95% knockdown after 20 washes
Vetted Performance Status
No hazards listed
Complementary Technical Systems
BASF nets are most effective when used in combination with other malaria control products.
Academic Research and References
“Hougard, J-M., et al. Comparative performances, under laboratory conditions, of seven pyrethroid insecticides used for impregnation of mosquito nets. Bull World Health Organ [online]. 2003, vol.81, n.5, pp. 324-333. ISSN 0042-9686.
Asidi, A.N., et al., Experimental hut comparisons of nets treated with carbamate or pyrethroid insecticides, washed or unwashed, against pyrethroid-resistant mosquitoes. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 2004 Jun;18(2):134-140.
Maxwell, C.A., et al., Variation of malaria transmission and morbidity with altitude in Tanzania and with introduction of alphacypermethrin treated nets. Malaria Journal. 2003 Sep 10;2(28).
Irish, S.R., Loss of protection with insecticide-treated nets against pyrethroid-resistant Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes once nets become holed: an experimental hut study. Parasite & Vectors. 2008 Jun 18;1(17).
Kulkarni, et al., Efficacy of pyrethroid-treated nets against malaria vectors and nuisance-biting mosquitoes in Tanzania in areas with long-term insecticide-treated net use. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2007 Sep;12(9):1061-1073.”