Weaponized mosquitoes are coming to a backyard and pool of standing water near you. And a Lexington, Kentucky based company just received government approval to set them free in 20 states.
WSAZ reports according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MosquitoMate, Inc. submitted plans to infect live male mosquitoes with a new active pesticide ingredient, Wolbachia pipientis. These infected male mosquitoes, according to the EPA, would mate with naturally occurring female mosquitoes. The pesticide would then not allow the female’s eggs to hatch.