MosquitoMate, working in conjunction with the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division, will soon be releasing thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes near Miami in an effort to quell insect populations carrying Zika and other viruses.

In the lab, the Kentucky-based MosquitoMate infects male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with the Wolbachia bacteria (naturally occurring bacteria). Subsequently, once released, these infected mosquitoes will mate with wild female mosquitoes producing offspring that won’t survive to adulthood.

With the first group of mosquitoes set to be released in South Miami in the near future, experts assure that the Wolbachia bacteria isn’t harmful to humans and that male mosquitoes don’t bite.

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