Zika Virus US Treatment: Coffee Cubano Can Fight Mosquitoes?

Zika Virus US Treatment: Coffee Cubano Can Fight Mosquitoes?
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Good news was given by Florida’s Department of Health. They are clearing off a ten-block area of northwest Wynwood from the Zika virus’ “active transmission zone.”


However, people are still hysteric about the outbreak. To acquire protection from the Zika virus, the Department of Health is advising people to wear insect repellent and cover their limbs, reported the Miami New Times.

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They also asked to remove any standing water on one’s property. Even if the amount of water is little, it can turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and hold thousands of larvae. The recommendations do not stop there. There is another way to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

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This could be done by the use of “café cubano.” Abuela Mami is a local company that transports packages of Cuban treats to people’s door. The company posted a video showing how to fight mosquitoes by using coffee grounds. Abuela Mami, Cuban goods importer, instructed viewers to powder coffee grounds around their yards.

On May 2015, the Huffington Post came out with an article stating that during 2003, coffee was able to kill off the babies — larvae — of a cousin of albopictus, Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito.

A study conducted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine stated that female mosquitoes gave fewer eggs on areas covered with coffee grounds.

“Egg hatching success was extremely low among eggs that matured on substrates soaked with coffee extracts,” the U.S. National Library of Medicine said.

According to Delish, one can use coffee by letting the grounds dry and age for about a month in an open container. After that, sprinkle them into puddles and other standing water to kill the larva. Mosquitoes are put off by coffee aroma. Thus, to stop the Zika virus, one may powder coffee grounds on surfaces of their property.

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