Container index, the percentage of water containers infested with larvae.
~ Inspections show drums and car tires are the main source of mosquito breeding sites ~
PHILIPSBURG – Mosquito control is considered an essential health service, and the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) vector control team has examined areas while following current social distancing and safety protocols.
The Vector Control team began assessing the district area on October 12 in Philipsburg, Over the Bank, Pointe Blanche, Oyster Pond and Guana Bay, CPS said in a press release on Monday.
The CPS Vector Control Team recently completed the first round of inspection. In total, the team inspected 933 premises, of which 235 houses were breeding mosquitos. This means that mosquito larvae have been found in every fourth house. Of the wet containers examined in 2005, 582 contained mosquito larvae.
The most common breeding sites during this round of inspection were barrels, tires, water tanks and man-made containers used by families and individuals. “Artificial containers such as styrofoam cups, food boxes, plastic containers, flower pot saucers, etc. can hold water and were found lying around in the tenants’ courtyards,” the press release said.
The Vector Control Team found that in all potential breeding grounds, drums and tires are the most common of all wet containers – 52 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
The residents are asked to work with the Vector Control Team to resolve any problems that may arise and to carry out a general cleaning of their premises.
The Vector Control Team expressed the need for the public to dispose of bulky waste such as refrigerators, stoves, furniture, tires and bins as these items can be potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“Reducing the sources is key to reducing the mosquito population. Due to the tropical nature of our climate, there are many breeding habitats, many of which were unfortunately created by human hands, ”the press release said.
A bite from a contagious Aedes aegypti mosquito spreads diseases – dengue fever, zika, chikungunya, yellow fever and malaria. Hence, it is vital for any household to prevent its breeding. Every household must do its part to remove the breeding grounds for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
The Vector Control team emphasized the importance of people checking their yards to make sure there was no stagnant water, especially after a rainfall.
People can contact tel. 721-542-1122 / 721-542-1222 / 721-542-1322 / 721-542-1540 or by email