MosquitoMate, Inc. is collaborating with Harris County Public Health’s Mosquito and Vector Control Division to investigate a new mosquito control approach to reduce the number of mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) that transmit important human pathogens, including Zika and Dengue viruses.
The work will be to release male mosquitoes that carry a naturally-occurring bacterium (‘Wolbachia’), to mate with the female Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus that occur at the release site, which results in mosquito eggs that do NOT hatch. The male mosquitoes are NOT genetically modified, i.e., they are non-GMO.
Male mosquitoes do NOT bite. Only female mosquitoes can bite, blood feed and spread disease.
Over the course of the 2019 summer, we will repeatedly release Wolbachia-infected males. We are asking residents to participate in the project by allowing us to place mosquito traps in their yards. By monitoring the mosquito population, before and during the treatments, we can better determine the treatment efficacy.