PHILIPSBURG–The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is calling on residents to check their yards for potential mosquito breeding sites due to the recent rainfall and eliminate these.
Breeding sites include anywhere that clean (clear) water can settle. This includes tin cans, old tires, empty paint cans, buckets, old saucers, flowerpots, cemetery urns/vases, old pet dishes, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water.
In addition, owners of boats, whether at home or in boatyards for repair, need to make sure that they are properly covered, and tire repair shops and garages need to take preventive measures to get rid of old tires and vehicles, as these can collect rainwater and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The same applies to contractors and owners of properties being repaired.
“We have now entered the hurricane season that can potentially bring storms accompanied by rain to St. Maarten. As part of the preparation every household and business must do its part to eliminate Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding sites and keep the country mosquito-free,” CPS said in a press release on Friday.
“Once again it is very important to check around your yard and your business to make sure there is no clear/clean standing water after rain.”
To report mosquito breeding sites or to request information about eliminating mosquito breeding sites, send an email to
email@example.com or call the hotline 554-2107.