Months after the deadliest West Nile season in the U.S., Sara Sawyer of Austin found a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit the virus to humans — right behind her house. And she saw an easy way to stop them.
Sawyer, an expert in the transmission of viruses from animals to humans, noticed mosquito swarms around the trash and recycling containers in the alley behind her house after a weekend of heavy rain in May. The lids were open, as they often are for days, she said, and the standing water inside was a mosquito magnet.
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