Association), which included a donation of 25,000 units of Off!
personal repellent to be distributed to needy families in Rio and
RB has offered up resources too. The firm’s $1 million Zika
Relief Package includes cash and in kind product donations that
will be made available to health authorities and international
NGOs battling the outbreak. Specifically, donations will include
personal insect repellents and insecticides via RB’s SBP, Mortein
and Repelex brands, as well as one million Durex condoms (a
weapon against transmission via intercourse).
Tracking the Virus
As of March 9, CDC reported 173 locally acquired cases of Zika
disease in US territories (America Samoa, Puerto Rico and the
US Virgin Islands). All but 14 of those cases were in Puerto Rico.
There have been travel-associated cases reported stateside.
As of March 9, there were 193 travel-associated Zika virus disease
cases reported in the US.
The disease will most likely impact the travel category. In a
February poll of 3,312 Americans conducted by Fluent, LLC, 44%
said they would avoid planning or cancel (43%) their trips to areas affected by the Zika virus.
But the Zika issue is coming closer to home too. Experts say
Florida, Texas and other Southern US states are areas where
Aedes mosquitoes are most prevalent.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is urging the public to take precautions to curb problems during the
warmer months when biting mosquito populations tend to increase. NPMA suggests homeowners eliminate areas of standing
water around the property, screen all windows and doors and
patch even the smallest tear.
Home abatement companies have become more vocal too.
Florida-based SWAT Mosquito Systems installs custom-built
misting sprays that are located and concealed around the perimeter of the home and can be operated with the push of button or smart phone app. Pyrethrum is misted three or four times
per day. The spray directly affects the nervous system of biting
insects, which kills rather than just repelling, “further protecting
against the Zika Virus,” the firm said.
•Located in Racine, the SC Johnson Entomology Research Center
(ERC) is the world’s largest private, urban entomology research center. It
was established in 1957 at SC Johnson’s corporate headquarters and
in 1960 was moved to its current 30-acre complex.
According to SCJ, ERC houses approximately 20 species of insects, including six species of mosquitoes, including the Aedes aegypti
and Aedes albopictus (species that have the ability to transmit the Zika
virus, dengue fever virus and chikungunya) as well as three species of
cockroaches, two species of ants, silverfish, firebrats, clothes moths,
stored product pests and the common house fly. In addition, the ERC
manages an active field-collecting program to secure and house seasonal insects as needed.
The ERC is divided into two major functional areas— product evalu-
ation and development (which where the researchers develop and sup-
port global insecticides such as Raid, Baygon and All Out, and repellents
such as like OFF! and Autan) and applied entomology research, where
researchers study insect
behavior and new tech-
nologies that eventually may
lead to the development of
new control strategies and
novel delivery devices.
Both areas are sup-
ported by a modern insect-
rearing facility known as the
insectary, which is considered
the heart of the ERC.
SC Johnson’s insect research has expanded beyond
Racine; in 2013, the company
expanded its research operations globally, opening the first of its kind,
300-square-meter research facility in China.
SC JOHNSON’S ENTOMOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER
Inside SCJ’s Entomology Research
Center, a scientist studies mosquitoes.
The ERC houses about 20 species of
insects, including the mosquitoes that
have the ability to transmit Zika virus.