Indoor spraying could help prevent spread of Zika

New way to protect against mosquitoes

Mosquito season is approaching in Northeast Florida and a new approach to spraying could help curb transmission of the Zika virus.

Researchers with the University of Florida suggest indoor residual spraying, or spraying indoor mosquito hot spots, as a way to control the spread of Zika.

Jacksonville Beach resident Shaun Ferenc has found mosquitoes recently inside his kitchen and near the back door.

“It was bad the other night. Some were trying to get inside the house,” Ferenc says.

The Zika virus is a hot topic in his family; his sister-in-law is trying to get pregnant. “She got bit by a mosquito and was freaking out when she was here [visiting],” Ferenc says.

Pest control experts say mosquitoes tend to hide in dark areas without air flow, like closets. “Once they get into the house they’re gonna avoid areas of any kind of air current or movement because they don’t handle the wind currents very well,” Peter Steinmetz, chief operating officer with Turner Pest Control, says.

Steinmetz says there are sprays and fogs made specifically for indoor use. Still, he says, the best approach is to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside by treating them outside. He warns indoor and outdoor sprays are different, so people should always read the label before using and consult a professional if they have questions.

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