A woman who lives in Tampines has had a rather uncomfortable experience lately, mainly due to the large number of mosquitos on the premises.
The woman, named Jen, told Stomp that she encountered this situation when she returned to her mother’s 509 Tampines Central 1 apartment in October.
Lots of mosquito bodies
The pests were so bothersome that Jen recorded the number of mosquitos found in her home and killed over the course of a month.
In a photo she showed Stomp, the mosquito carcasses were separated in ziplock bags for each week they were caught.
For example, 66 mosquitoes were caught and killed in the week of November 30th.
Jen said she caught a “record number” of 103 mosquitoes in the week of November 20th.
Photo by Stomp
Jen said that this purge was done via “hourly erasures” using three electric claps.
She is desperate to eradicate the pests as the sheer number of buzzing insects “affects” [her] Quality of life of the family “.
It has also made it difficult for the family to work from home.
Even if Jen and her family don’t get bitten all the time, their legs itch while the mosquitoes keep flying around.
She suspects that the source of the mosquitoes is an “overgrown tree” outside her home and speculates that they breed there.
Jen added that she has since notified the National Environmental Agency (NEA) and city council and wishes the tree be felled.
The mother ship asked NEA for more information.
Dengue hotspots in Tampines
Tampines currently has a number of dengue hotspots, according to the NEA website, with three locations designated as “red” dengue zones.
Four other locations have been identified as “yellow” zones.
“Red” and “yellow” zones are areas with 10 or more dengue cases and areas with fewer than 10 dengue cases, respectively.
The number of dengue cases this year has risen to a highThe total number of cases in 2020 is expected to exceed the 22,170 cases reported in 2013.
This was the year of the largest dengue outbreak in Singapore history.
A 25-year-old person died of dengue fever in Singapore in August and became the youngest person to die from the disease in 2020.
Chances are the mosquitoes Jen saw are Wolbachia Aedes mosquitoes.
Male mosquitoes are infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which makes them sterile.
They are then released in specific areas where they mate with the female Aedes mosquitoes, which is effective in containing the Aedes population.
Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia have been released in several areas including Tampines, Nee Soon, Bukit Batok, and Choa Chu Kang.
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