GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The country has been
experiencing some heavy rainfall events during the past couple of days due to
the passing of Tropical Storm Earl over the weekend and unstable atmospheric
conditions along with a moist and warm southerly wind flow that will account
for cloudy periods and isolated showers.
The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), is calling
on residents to help stop the spread of mosquitoes by preventing them from breeding
in your backyard or garden after rainfall events.
The best way to manage a mosquito problem is to tackle
it at its source: keep the mosquitoes from breeding.
After every rainfall event take action and end the
breeding by not letting your home be a breeding site for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes
also need to feed in order to reproduce, so avoid being bitten by joining the fight
to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
Source reduction is the key to decreasing the mosquito
population. Due to the tropical nature of our climate, breeding habitats are in
abundance, and many of them are unfortunately man-made.
A bite by an infectious Aedes aegypti mosquito,
spreads diseases such as – Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever -, and
therefore it is crucial for every household to prevent its breeding.
Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a half-inch of
water. This isn’t a lot of water, and
plant saucers are one of those unassuming places that can gather a small amount
and still be a huge breeding site for your backyard mosquito.
sites include anywhere that water can settle for a certain time undisturbed from
garbage to your flowers/plants. This includes tin cans, old tires, empty
paint cans, buckets, old saucers, flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase, old pet
dishes, unused plastic swimming pools, boats on dry dock, or other containers that
collect and hold water. Turn over unused boats or make sure the water runoff is
free to run on the ground.
again, it is very important to check around your yard to make sure there
is no standing water after a rainfall event, especially during the hurricane
season when the country experiences more rainfall due to passing tropical weather
few tips/reminders: Get rid of any unused pots or bins or turn them upside
down, so they don’t collect water; Keep trash and recycling bins covered. If
you can, try drilling drain holes into the bottom of them; keep a fine-mesh
screen over rain barrels, water tanks and cisterns.
a look at your plants, once your plants are collecting water in between the
leaves and the stem, these too pose as a breeding site. Trim plants and tree hedges
and keep your property clean. Make use
of the current pre-hurricane clean-up that is being carried out by the Waste
Haulage Companies. Look out for the schedule in the daily newspaper.
For issues surrounding mosquito breeding sites, contact
CPS’ vector control team by calling 914. Ask to be connected to the vector control
team. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with supporting
pictures and contact information to report a mosquito nuisance or request assistance.
CPS is a government department that falls under the
Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor.