Spraying Against All Mosquito Borne Diseases, Not Just Zika

This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.

It’s that time of year.

Cheryl Laythrop is thankful Escambia County is out fogging to control the mosquito population.

“I did, I watched him go by twice,” Laythrop said.

She says she loves working in her yard and because of the newest case of Zika, she’s taking extra precautions.

“I’m outside a lot as you can see, so it’s important for me to keep the mosquitoes down,” Laythrop said.

Knocking down mosquitoes before they breed is just as important for the county.

Matthew Millow shows me on this map how he strategically divides the county. His crews have to work smart. They have to destroy the larvae of 62 different breeds of mosquitoes.

“You have to kill the source first,” Millow said.

That’s what these trucks do: kill larvae to prevent mosquito borne disease from spreading.

“We worry about Zika, we worry about West Nile, Eastern Eqine, Chikungunya,” Millow said.

Cheryl Laythrop worries about those too, and she will continue to protect herself.

“I spray I use off, keep the water out of the containers,\ and keep it from mosquito infestation,” Laythrop said.

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