Bay County Mosquito Control's primary goal is to protect public health from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, which is why mosquito control began in the Saginaw Valley in the late 1970s. During the 2016 season, we will continue to monitor for a variety of mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and Eastern Equine encephalitis. We plan to monitor for Zika by using traps to collect any of the vector species, namely Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus, neither of which has been found in Michigan previously.
Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes that breed in containers. It is important to remember, therefore, to dump water from containers such as bird baths, tarps, and buckets at least once each week and scrub the containers to get rid of any mosquito eggs left behind.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are all excellent resources for keeping up with the ever-changing face of Zika.
The following links offer additional information on Zika: