By: Pacific Prepared Host Aaron Kearney
Anticipated heavy rainfall and warm weather are set to create ideal mosquito breeding conditions across much of the Pacific in coming months.
Tonga Ministry of Health’s Chief Public Health Inspector Sela Fa’u is calling Tongans to destroy potential breeding areas now, ahead of the lifting of COVID lockdown and the return of international travellers.
“There are other countries where dengue fever is now recorded,” she says.
“It is a good thing our borders are still closed.”
The tiny insects are the world’s deadliest animal claiming millions of lives with a series of diseases they can spread.
There are several things you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes close to your home:
- Eliminate stagnant water if possible. Barrels, garbage cans and old tyres are popular watery breeding grounds.
- Plumbing that runs outside can be affected by exposure to the weather, resulting in minor leaks. Window air conditioners often drip condensation, which can pool on the ground
- Keep the rain gutters and drains clean.
- Keep foliage and grass as low as possible near your home.
- Encourage other mosquito predators to visit your yard. Bats, dragonflies, and many birds eat mosquitoes and mosquito larvae
Tongan authorities are also encouraging the creation of a Go Bag in each household now that we have officially entered cyclone season.
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