PHILIPSBURG–The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) has issued a call on residents to clean their yards and remove debris to prevent mosquito breeding sites from developing in their environs.
The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure VROMI began its annual hurricane season clean-up during which waste-haulage companies remove debris after homeowners have cleaned their yards.
Residents were urged to actively 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.
“We are in the hurricane season and every household and business must do its part in keeping the country mosquito-free. During the hurricane season, weather systems bring rain and if you have items in your yard and around your business that can collect water, that becomes a potential mosquito breeding site,” CPS said in a press release on Wednesday.
The female Aedes Aegypti mosquito vector spreads mosquito-borne diseases. The mosquito is distinguished by its markings such as alternate black and white horizontal stripes.
The remaining schedule for the annual hurricane season clean-up that began on June 16 is: All Waste In Place – Philipsburg, July 18-24; Simpson Bay, July 25-31; Beacon Hill, August 1-7; Cupecoy, August 8-14; and Robelto and Sons – Cay Hill/Bush Road, Saturday, July 21; Fort Willem/Coralita Road, Sunday, July 22.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/78762-cps-urges-residents-to-clean-up-environs