June 22, 2016

I HAVE A FEW IDEAS: C.D.C. and States Ponder Plans to Keep Ahead of Zika.

Daniel Markowski, a bug scientist in a cowboy hat, has a phone that will not stop ringing. Now that summer has arrived, and with it the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus, the services of the Arkansas-based mosquito control contractor he works for, Vector Disease Control International, are in great demand.

Its workers, the special forces of mosquito control, wield sprayers loaded with pesticide, mostly on behalf of local governments.

“I’ve had people from literally all over the country calling,” he said. “‘What should we do?’”

The federal government is trying to provide some answers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released a 58-page blueprint for what to do if a homegrown case of Zika surfaces.

I have the Terminix guys fog my bushes, under-deck space, etc. every couple of weeks. And I put out Mosquito Bits and Mosquito Dunks too.

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