From Malaria, dengue and yellow fever, combating mosquito-borne diseases have always been highly dependent on the efforts of local governments and local people. While plenty of money and research time is spent trying to create medicines and vaccines, immediate protection is always focused on the elimination of the mosquito that is spreading the disease.
Zika Mosquitoes Require New Mosquito Control Tactics
The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is the main vector currently transmitting the Zika Virus. Local governments have been using larvicide in water supplies. This method is not nearly as effective as with some other mosquito species as Aedes Aegypti is a “container breeder”, meaning they often lay eggs in water supplies found in small containers around suburban and urban lots. An old tire, bucket, barrel, bottle cap, anything that can hold just a little water after rain becomes ground zero for Aedes Aegypti population growth. With the Zika Virus at endemic proportions in Brazil and threatening the United States, we’ve come across some very creative and unexpected ways in which governments are combatting the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Brazil’s “Sweaty” Billboard
A recent report from the Smithsonian featured an innovative billboard, two of which have been installed in Rio de Janeiro, that attracts and traps the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The billboard emits a solution that replicates human breath, sweat and odor to attract the mosquitoes from a distance of up to 2.5km (approximately 1.5 miles). The billboard was created to catch the mosquitoes as they fly around the base of the billboard. Once inside, the mosquitoes cannot escape and die from dehydration. The best part, the project technology is available under Creative Commons so any city around the world can replicate the billboard for their own use.
Mosquitofish in the Florida Keys & Texas
Local mosquito control districts are employing any and all tactics to combat the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that is threatening to spread Zika Virus in the United States. While the southern states have a greater problem with the species, they have to seek alternative tactics for prevention. Both the Florida Keys and Texas are using the Gambusia fish, commonly referred to as the mosquitofish. These fish are released into locations where mosquito breeding can be especially dense. Plano, TX released 13,000 of the Gambusia fish into ponds and creeks. One Gambusia fish can consume more than 10 square feet of mosquito larvae.
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