MosquitoMate, Inc. is collaborating with Miami-Dade County, the City of South Miami and the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) to investigate a new mosquito control approach to reduce the number of mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) 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 that occur at the release site, which results in mosquito eggs that 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 several weeks of introducing male mosquitoes, we anticipate the number of biting female mosquitoes will be reduced in areas that receive male releases. In order to accurately measure the results, we are asking residents to participate in the project by allowing us to place mosquito traps in their yards before and during the treatments, so that we can determine the number of mosquitoes.