PHILIPSBURG–Authorities have postponed their scheduled mosquito fogging exercise set for this week due to the recent persistent rainfalls.
The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) said in a press release on Wednesday that the Vector Control Unit has reviewed the weather forecast for next week to determine when the mosquito fogging campaign will start. Based on the forecast, the fogging will start on Monday, November 12.
Additional information on the areas to be fogged will be published on the Government Information Page in The Daily Herald. This information will also be available on other Government communication avenues such as Facebook and government’s radio station 107.9FM.
CPS urges communities to continue to destroy mosquito breeding spots; dress appropriately by wearing light coloured clothing at dusk, long-sleeve shirts and pants; and defend against being bitten by a mosquito by using repellent.
The Aedes Aegypti mosquito lays its eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days mosquitoes can complete their life cycle from eggs to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquitoes.
Residents are urged to actively and properly dispose of 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.
“Empty and turn over containers that hold water; remove debris from rain gutters and downspouts regularly; drain or fill low places on your property where water collects and stands for more than five to seven days; make sure permanent water containers in your yard are tightly covered and insect-proof; screen off the cistern’s outlets properly with mesh wire,” CPS advises.
“Cover trash containers/garbage cans to keep rainwater from accumulating; drain old tires by recycling them; keep boats and canoes/kayaks drained, covered or overturned; and empty or cover unused swimming pools.”
CPS said it is very important for persons to check around their yards at home and around their businesses to ensure that there is no clear/clean standing water after the rain to prevent mosquito breeding sites. “All residents are advised to remove all potential mosquito breeding sites in order to reduce the mosquito population.”
Additional information on measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites can be obtained by calling CPS at tel. 542-1122, 542-1123 or 542-3553.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/82437-cps-postpones-mosquito-fogging-because-of-rain