#FightTheBite: New traps to help public health experts monitor mosquitoes for Zika

New traps to help public health experts monitor mosquitoes for Zika (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Public health experts in the Tri-State got some high-tech help to #FightTheBite.

The #FightTheBite message was on little tubes of Deet as free mosquito repellent from the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Public health experts on both sides of the river started setting up new mosquito traps Thursday, July 7. The Cincinnati Health Department got new trapping technology that not only now catch mosquitoes but they put out a scent that smells like humans to pull them into the trap. Departments were on the lookout for the kind of mosquitoes that transmit the virus.

Steve Devine of the NKY Health Dept. said, "We do have some of those aedes albopictus and egypti which are the primary concern mosquito vectors."

Both Divine and Antonio Young were environmental health experts who said while both of those types of mosquitoes put people at risk, it was the aedes egypti that seems to be the top one to look for in the mosquito traps.

Interim director of environmental health, Antionio Young, said, "That's the one that we hope to catch."

That particular type of mosquito is a daytime biter as opposed to other types of mosquitoes. Instead of just protecting against mosquitoes at dusk and dawn people should protect themselves at all times with your daily sunscreen and repellent with Deet may be the best protection.

The mosquitoes caught there will be tested in the next few weeks and they will be caught. Cincinnati is one of the first in the country to use the high-tech battery operated traps that lure mosquitoes with a scent similar to humans.

The traps were being placed in housing areas and if they find the kind of mosquitoes of concern they will start spraying or whatever is needed to #FightTheBite

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