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Sint Maarten: Prevent mosquito breeding during hurricane season

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) in Sint Maarten is reminding the community to remain proactive in removing mosquito breeding habitats in and around the yard or place of business after any rainfall event.

With the region now in the hurricane season, it says the country will see an increase in rainfall activity as weather systems from time to time will be passing through the islands.

CPS says source reduction is the key to decreasing the mosquito population:

  • Trim plants and hedges

  • Clean up your own private property not in use

  • Turn over boats on dry dock that are not in use

It warns that a bite by an infectious Aedes aegypti mosquito, spreads diseases such as Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, and Malaria which makes it crucial for every household to prevent its breeding.

CPS says breeding sites are places where water can settle especially after rainfall events. Places where water could settle include:

  • Tin cans

  • Old tires

  • Empty paint cans, buckets

  • Old saucers, flowerpots

  • Cemetery urns/vases

  • Old pet dishes

  • Unused plastic swimming pools

  • Other containers that collect and hold water

It adds every household and business must do their part to eliminate Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding sites.

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