Today we’re happy to announce the launch of the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Reduction Test Program, with the initial male introductions next week in the City of South Miami. As described on the official Miami Dade web site, MosquitoMate will begin introducing Wolbachia male mosquitoes next week at selected areas within the City of South Miami. The Wolbachia male mosquitoes do not bite or blood feed and are incapable of transmitting pathogens that cause human disease. The released male mosquitoes mate with female mosquitoes in the area, and the resulting eggs do not hatch, which can reduce the mosquito population that can transmit mosquito-borne viruses. MosquitoMate male mosquitoes are not genetically modified. Instead, the MosquitoMate method relies on Wolbachia, which is a naturally-occurring bacterium present in up to 60 percent of all the different species of insects around us, including some mosquitoes. It is not infectious and cannot be transmitted to any warm-blooded animals or humans. For a video and additional information, see information at the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control & Habitat Management Division and MosquitoMate, Inc.