St. Louis Pest Control Workers Take On Zika Threat

Pest control workers adopt new tactics to fight against mosquitoes responsible for the Zika threat that looms over St. Louis.
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The Zika threat is largely due to the Aedes aegypti mosquito that flourishes in countries with tropical climates. They can also carry diseases like the Zika virus, chikungunya, yellow fever and dengue fever.

The Zika virus is now trying to put the U.S. in a headlock, but St. Louis has its mosquito control tactics down pat.

Specialists and pest control workers came up with a new way to stop the spreading of the Zika virus by killing its leading vector, the the Aedes aegypti mosquito that prefers to feed on people and the Aedes albopictus mosquito that mostly feeds on birds and some plants and animals, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

They’re usually found in the Southern states in the U.S., and health experts said that the old methods of mosquito control will not work on the Aedes mosquitoes because they’ve adapted to urban living. What that means is that they are able to breed in tiny pools of water and bite during the day instead of at night. So, combating the Zika threat would require inspections and treatments near all homes and backyards where the virus have been discovered.

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