Can Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Help Fight Disease?
Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying– they are big time killers spreading terrible diseases. Remember the Zika outbreak last year? That was spread primarily by the mosquito species—Aedes aegypti. And this species is pretty nasty it also transmits dengue fever and chikungunya. And to top it all off– it’s really hard to control their populations– they thrive in residential areas and can breed in super small amounts of water. So any still water sitting in your yard can act as a breeding ground for these bugs. Traditional control methods include using pesticides, larvicides and reducing breeding grounds– which often means eliminating any small puddles of water that have accumulated like on buckets left outdoors, play structures, and other items found around a yard.
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