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Can a bucket and sticky paper help control Zika?

Samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika.
Samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika. AP

A Washington state-based company that creates pesticide-free pest control products received more than $3 million in federal grants to create low-tech mosquito traps that could help combat the Zika virus, The Seattle Times reported.

SpringStar, which began in 1998 and is located near Seattle, manufactures almost all of its own products including fly traps and bed-bug traps, according to the company’s website.

The company has developed a product to trap and kill Zika-infected mosquitos — basically a bucket and sticky paper, the paper reported.

“We kill the mosquitoes, not the environment,” SpringStar President Michael Banfield told the paper.

The bucket traps, called Autocidal Gravid Ovitraps (AGO), are now being tested in Puerto Rico, according to the Times.

It is not clear whether the traps will be used in South Florida’s Wynwood area, where most of the 21 locally transmitted cases were contracted.

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