Insects

Scientists Uncover New Uses for Wolbachia Bacteria in Stopping Mosquito-Borne Diseases


Mosquitoes are among the most common pests in NJ when it’s warm out. Since certain types can carry disease, it’s important to protect yourself. The good news is that scientists have learned more about how to fight mosquito-borne diseases using bacteria.

Wolbachia Bacteria for Mosquito-Borne Diseases

You might normally think of bacteria as something harmful. While some kinds of bacteria can make you ill, other kinds are helpful. In fact, researchers have been studying the use of Wolbachia bacteria to stop the spread of dengue, a disease that mosquitoes in certain parts of the world carry.

Researchers discovered that the dengue virus was unable to develop any type of resistance to Wolbachia bacteria in lab experiments. This could lead to the development of improved methods to control dengue and other viruses that mosquitoes spread. More research is needed in order to ensure that this control method will work outside of lab settings.

Mosquito Control

Since Wolbachia bacteria control methods aren’t in use yet, mosquito control using other methods is important. In NJ, using mosquito control services in Monmouth County can help protect you and your family from West Nile virus. You can also help control mosquito populations by reducing standing water in your yard, and prevent bites by wearing mosquito repellent and covering up outside.

If you need mosquito control services in Monmouth County for your yard, please contact Allison Pest Control today.

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