April 18, 2017

When it comes to fighting mosquitoes – and especially the Aedes aegypti, which can carry the Zika virus – just about everyone has an opportunity to contribute in 2017. Among them:

Construction workers

A recent report in the Miami Herald said the local outbreak of Zika in Miami Beach was traced back to standing water at a construction site in the city.

Builders of both commercial projects and homes should be on guard for standing water, even in small amounts, at job sites. Inspectors in Miami found hordes of mosquitoes flying around puddles on each of five floors of an unfinished building recently.

Before buildings become weather-tight, workers and their supervisors need to watch for water from rain or plumbing work and make sure the water is not allowed to stand.