mosquito control

The Allure and Folly of Specicide

The Zika crisis had given new life to an old idea: eradicating some mosquitos species from the face of the planet. Even with humanity’s experience driving other creatures to extinction, however, many scientists — citing the law of unintended consequences — are repelled by such a strategy.

The Blind Pursuit of Mosquito Control

Public health experts are scrambling to synthesize everything they know about the Zika. But the literature on the best methods for controlling the mosquitoes that carry the virus is woefully lacking, according to a new meta-analysis, suggesting that public health officials on the ground are groping in the dark.