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:
Empty paint cans, buckets
Old saucers, flowerpots
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.