By now you’ve all heard about Zika virus – the newest vector-borne illness traversing the globe – as well as its implications and its locations (if you need a quick catch-up, see our roundup of recommended articles down below). And though its effects and potential are daunting, there are a number of precautionary measures you can take to have the best chance at avoiding its wrath. This includes avoiding areas where it’s prominent (i.e. many places throughout Central America and South America); and fortunately for travelers, the CDC offers a useful, up-to-date resource focused on countries known to be effected by Zika, which can be found here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.
Excluding the imperfect evasion technique, though, many people want reassurance of safety and reinforcement against any and all mosquitoes that may come knocking at their door. While insecticides and various commercial sprays are often the first thing to jump to consumers’ minds, there are a number of reasons why these are less effective in fighting mosquitoes – more importantly, the Zika-carrying species – as opposed to tried and true traps such as the Dynatrap. Our mosquito-trapping model is proven to trap and kill Aedes aegypti mosquitos, which are primarily linked to the Zika outbreak.
On their living and navigating habits:
“Because they stick close to home Zika-carrying mosquitoes are hard to target with larvacide and insecticide sprays. … A. aegypti likes to fly low, biting ankles and feet—too low to spray with pesticides from helicopters or trucks, unlike the high-flying mosquito species that transmit West Nile. … They like to live indoors in dark, cool spaces like under the bed.”
On their hot spots:
“You’re not going to find them in roadside ditches or in swamps,” said Mark Cothran, mosquito control director for Gulf County Florida. “You’re going to find them in dog food bowls or in 5-gallon buckets. It almost requires going door-to-door to dump out containers.”
The prominence of screened windows and air conditioning is just one reason that these mosquitoes are less likely to prosper in the United States, as opposed to Latin America. However…
“Still, Americans’ backyards tend to offer plenty of dank breeding spots, from crumpled tarps to children’s toys. And while mosquito control officers said they are prepared to spread the word for residents to clean up standing water in their yards, it’s very tough to get homeowners to act.”
Many U.S. residents are too lazy to clean up their own backyards, or prefer not to deal with agencies or officers. Herein, the Dynatrap offers a more localized, independent approach.
You can also refer to this simple infographic for a three-pronged approach and some quick preventative tips to rejecting mosquitoes around your home:
Remember: Collect, Protect, and Inspect.
Lastly, a roundup of some other Zika-related articles we found useful from around the web:
For conciseness: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35427491
For symptoms/diagnosis/treatment: Zika Virus Info
For catch-up and conspiracies: http://www.innovationfiles.org/zika-virus-birth-defects-and-conspiracy-theories/
For historical perspective: “Long”: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article58868318.html; “Short”: http://blog.oup.com/2016/02/history-zika-virus-mosquito/
Doubling down on resources: http://entomologytoday.org/2016/02/17/free-resources-on-aedes-aegypti-and-zika-virus-research/