New warning about mosquito breedingPOSTED: 04/29/16 12:10 PM
St. Maarten News – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), urges citizens to take measures to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. The warning comes after several days of rainfall.
CPS calls on the community and on visitors to wear light colored clothing at dusk, long-sleeved shirts and pants and to use mosquito repellent to prevent being bitten by a mosquito that could possibly be carrying dengue, zika or chikungunya.
Dengue fever, zika and chikungunya are transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The body of this mosquito has alternate black and white horizontal stripes and lays her eggs in clear (clean) stagnant water. Within eight days the mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg, to larvae to pupae and to adult mosquito.
CPS asks citizens to keep their homes, yards, neighborhoods and work environment free from potential mosquito breeding sites.
Actively destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase or in pet dishes for more than two days. Throw out the water and turn them over every time it collects water.
Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading is realized to prevent drainage problems which can be a source for standing water. Empty all construction containers such as blue tanks, buckets, paint cans etc.
Mosquitoes can be kept out of the home by keeping windows, doors and porches tightly screened (16-18 mesh). Those insects that do get into structures can be eliminated with a fly swatter or an aerosol space spray containing synergized pyrethrum.
Screen off cistern outlets, cover and screen septic tanks properly.
The aforementioned measures should also be taken in and around the workplace, social gatherings and living quarters to eliminate mosquito breeding sources.
An increase in the mosquito population puts residents and visitors at risk.
For information about dengue fever, zika and chikungunya prevention measures, call CPS at 542 20 78 or 542 30 03 or the emergency number 550 22 55 to report mosquito breeding sites.