PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour plans to undertake additional measures to the Vector Control Programme through ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging for adult mosquitoes on the island.
The ministry will start the fogging activity as of Monday, November 5, from 6:00 to 8:00am or 6:00 to 8:30pm, with scheduled dates per district. The fogging will start in the areas with highest house index for mosquito counts,
The districts include Sucker Garden, Middle Region, Dutch Quarter, Defiance, Illidge/Over the Pond, Over the Bank, Guana Bay, Hope Estate, Cay Hill/Belair, Pointe Blanche, Cul de Sac, Cole Bay, Cay Bay, Maho Reef, Airport Road, etc.
In the event fogging is postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions, it will be re-scheduled to the next suitable day and information will be shared on a continuous basis as to which areas and days fogging will take place.
Important precautions to remember while fogging is ongoing in the neighbourhoods are to leave all doors and windows open to allow the insecticide to enter the building or house and to prevent pets from coming in contact with the insecticide. Toys for children should be covered, stored away and washed to ensure protection, and all water containers and foodstuffs, etc. must be well protected from exposure to the fogging.
While the fogging operations will have some success in killing adult mosquitoes in the areas that are treated, residents are warned that this activity alone is not enough to structurally affect the mosquito population or protect everyone.
“To reduce and control the mosquito population several actions need to be taken not only by public authorities but also by each resident. These include making sure there are no mosquito breeding sites in your yard, such as tires, drums, buckets and any water storage containers, and that you also protect your family from mosquito bites inside and outside of the house during the day and in the early morning and evening,” according to the ministry.
The Ministry reminds the public that the best way to keep mosquitoes away is to eliminate all possible breeding sites.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/82288-mosquito-fogging-begins-monday