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New Backyard Bug Patrol Blog Looks at the Sensitive Issue of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

September 29, 2020
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Backyard Bug Patrol has just posted a new blog on their website discussing the sensitive issue of government representatives introducing genetically modified mosquitoes into the ecosystem as a means to control these pests. This comes about as government and other organizations look for ways to eradicate these disease-carrying insects which are known to cause many illnesses and deaths around the world each year. The problem being, that often when man tampers with Mother Nature, hidden and long-lasting repercussions may result. This new Backyard Bug Patrol blog post can be seen in its entirety here at

John Mitchell, the owner of Backyard Bug Patrol, says, “Whenever something pest-related such as mosquito control becomes a major topic in the news, we always pay close attention to it. After all, mosquitoes and the control of them are a big part of our business. This topic is not only interesting but it’s also divisive on many fronts. Despite that, we feel it’s our responsibility to let our customers know that the introduction of genetically modified mosquitoes into the environment is already starting to take place and the debate surrounding their use in mosquito control will rage on because of that. That’s why we strongly felt the need to post a blog that focused on this very topic.”

In the new blog, it stated that there were three major ways that mosquitos were being genetically altered in order to either control their population or their ability to transmit diseases. The first is introducing mosquitoes that have been implanted with a gene or bacteria that makes new offspring have trouble surviving to adulthood. In another method, male mosquitoes are genetically modified to produce infertile offspring. The new blog article also mentioned that a third method focuses on introducing bacteria into mosquitoes to disrupt their ability to pass on diseases.

According to the blog, millions of dollars of taxpayer money have been spent on creating genetically modified mosquitoes. The debate has to do with whether this should be done or not. Others that are vehemently opposed to the introduction of genetically modified mosquitoes into the environment don’t focus on the known but rather the unknown. Many advocates against this practice have equated it to being ‘a Jurassic Park type experiment without the island’. Some scientists say this form of mosquito control may even result in these newly introduced “Robo-squitoes” helping to create a new species of mosquito that is more resistant to pesticides and more effectively spreads mosquito-borne diseases. The blog also stated that no matter which side of the debate a person is on, Florida has already started to release these genetically modified mosquitoes into the Keys in an experiment that will run into the year 2022.

More informational news such as this can also be seen on the company’s Facebook page located at Mitchell went on to say that it will be many years until researchers know the true impact that the introduction of genetically modified mosquitoes will have. He stated that in the meantime, their proven mosquito control methods are still the best bet for those in the areas of Virginia and Maryland that they serve who want to control the population of these nasty insects on their property.

Although the jury is still out on whether or not genetically modified mosquitoes are the answer to controlling these bothersome insects, there is no arguing that customers are very satisfied with Backyard Bug Patrol’s mosquito control methods. Dallas N. says, “Responsive and effective family business. The product works and we have seen a dramatic reduction of fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, and it's only been a single treatment. Reasonable prices and effective. What more can you ask? Call these guys.” Russ H. writes, “These guys are great. Really keeps the mosquitoes out of my yard, and on occasion where there is a lot of rain, they'll come out again without charge as a part of my seasonal service. Super responsive and the office folks and techs are very friendly too.” These 5 out of 5-star reviews can be seen on the company’s listing here at

Mitchell added that they are also one of Virginia and Maryland’s foremost experts when it comes to controlling ticks and rodents too. More information on this Angie’s List Super Service Award Winning company can be had by filling out the ‘request a quote’ form found at the bottom of their website’s homepage.

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About Backyard Bug Patrol:

Ensuring that children don't get Lyme Disease in their own backyard. We provide outdoor pest control services in northern Virginia to prevent mosquitoes, ticks, stink bugs, and ants.

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John Mitchell
Backyard Bug Patrol
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 621-7116

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