So far Zika has been identified in mosquitoes in more than 60 countries and territories and the CDC has warned that the southeastern part of the US — particularly Florida and Texas — was at risk of outbreaks during mosquito season this year. It’s the region where the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes thrive in the greatest concentrations. True to form, on July 19, 2016, health officials announced that a woman living in Miami-Dade County, Florida, had tested positive for the mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted virus - making it the the first locally acquired case of the virus.
The Aedes aegypti or Zika mosquito, is an early morning or late afternoon biter, and is an indoor/outdoor pest. Indoors, this species will happily rest inside closets, under chairs and other dark places, so well fitted mesh screens over doors and windows is a must if you want to keep them outside. Outdoors, they rest where it is cool and shaded. They are attracted by CO2, sweat, octenol, heat and the colors red and black, which is why we typically recommend the ULTRA trap with CO2 for anyone specifically targeting this species. Trap location is very important - according to published studies, capture rates of Aedes mosquitoes in shade o
How to Protect Against Mosquito Bites:
1. Trap: Mega-Catch™ Ultra and Premier XC traps are fully customizable smart traps with a programmable menu that enables them to be fine-tuned to maximize capture rates and target specific mosquito species. By accessing the Menu on the LCD display it’s possible to adjust the Mosquito Attracting Stimuli settings. The different setting options allow you to experiment and determine what works best on the mosquitoes in your area. For attracting and trapping the Zika mosquito (Aedes aegypti) we recommend the following MAS adjustments:
2. Wear Insect Repellent: Yes! It is safe. When used as directed, insect repellent is one of the best ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer lasting protection.
3. Cover up: Weather permitting, wear a hat to cover your head, as well as long-sleeved shirts and pants
4. Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning and fans (mosquitoes are weak fliers) and make sure to repair and use window/door screens.
Zika virus is a disease that typically produces mild symptoms and the infection often goes unrecognized or even misdiagnosed as dengue fever. Researchers estimate about four out of five people infected with Zika virus don’t know they have it. Common signs to look out for include a slight fever, rash, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache as well as joint and muscle pain. Because there is no vaccine or cure for Zika, treatment is focused solely on relieving the symptoms, and preventing mosquito bites is considered the best protection against the virus.