Insects

The Gates Foundation Works to Engineer Malaria-Resistant Mosquitoes


Mosquitoes in some parts of the world are known for much more than their itchy bites. Some types of mosquitoes in Central America, South America and other areas are able to spread a serious disease known as malaria, which can be life-threatening. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans on working on a new mosquito breed that blocks malaria.

Controlling Malaria with Mosquito Science

The Gates Foundation has partnered with a British mosquito control company called Oxitec to create a strain of mosquitoes that could help control malaria. The company has previously developed a similar strain with the Aedes aegypti mosquito to control dengue, Zika and other illnesses. The new project will focus on the Anopheles mosquito that is responsible for spreading malaria. The Gates Foundation hopes to use these mosquitoes in hard-hit areas, such as South Asia, South and Central America and eastern Africa.

Mosquitoes and Disease in NJ

Malaria isn’t much of a concern in NJ, but the mosquitoes we do have here can spread the Zika virus, West Nile virus and other diseases that can be serious. That’s why it’s important for you to have professional NJ pest control services at your home for any mosquito problems that you encounter.

If you need help for a mosquito problem at your home, contact Allison Pest Control. We offer NJ pest control services to help homeowners get rid of these pests from their property.

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