Liv­ing with peo­ple they bite, Zika mos­qui­toes hard to fight

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By RUSS BYNUM

SA­VAN­NAH, Ga. (AP) — The mos­qui­toes that spread the Zika virus are among the hard­est species to fight be­cause they live and breed in tub drains, dog bowls, buck­ets, flower pots and other places in­side the houses and yards of the peo­ple they bite.

Bug ex­perts and mos- quito con­trol of­fi­cers from across the U.S. are at­tend­ing the Amer­i­can Mos­quito Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Sa­van­nah, which started Mon­day. They say Zika-car­ry­ing mos­qui­toes are tough to reach with sprays be­cause they breed so close to homes.

Mark Cothran is mos­quito con­trol di­rec­tor for Gulf County, Florida. He says fight­ing mos­qui­toes re­quires la­bor­in­ten­sive, door-to-door ef­forts to get home­own­ers to empty stand­ing wa­ter from con­tain­ers.

Amer­i­can Mos­quito Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion tech­ni­cal ad­viser Joe Con­lon says it can be dif­fi­cult to get home­own­ers’ co­op­er­a­tion be­cause “in the U.S., we don’t like the govern­ment in our houses.”

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