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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Mosquito numbers up but they’re not after your blood ]

Mosquito numbers up but they’re not after your blood

Author: 
Patrick Dewhurst

Warm and wet weather have caused a spate of mosquitoes this month, but don't worry; most won't bite.

Michael Michael, President of the Cyprus Association of Pest Exterminators, says the mosquito population is higher than average for this time of year, due to recent rains, however, only mosquitoes that feed on fruit have increased.

"There are two types of mosquito, those that drink blood and those that drink fruit juice. The type that drinks blood is actually lower than this time last year." said Michael.

George Georgallis, Director of Health Services, agrees. "Currently there is a spate of nuisance mosquitoes, which is attributed to unstable weather conditions,” he said. “The recent rains seem to have created stagnant water, which are homes for hatching mosquitoes, which also proliferate in the high temperature."

Georgallis said that the health services continue to implement a successful control program, in operation since the 30s which aims to systematically spray all standing water in rivers, lakes, streams, swamps, salt marshes in public places.

However, the methods have changed over the years. "These days we are no longer used dangerous pesticides to human health or the environment, such as the DDT, only other modern insecticides, which affect negatively only deadly mosquitoes."

In many of these areas, private pest control firms are commissioned by the government to manage mosquito populations. Their management plans include ecofriendly sprays and other green measures, such as populating lakes with fish that eat the mosquito eggs.

The environmentally friendly approach to pesticide management, which kills fewer mosquitoes but safely, could explain why long term residents are reporting higher numbers of bites, despite a decline in the number of biting mosquitoes since last year.

Michael says that there is likely to be one more phase, as rain is forecast for the coming days, however after that the population will decline as rain becomes less frequent and the breeding grounds shrink.

In the meantime, Michael recommends closing all doors and windows at night and turning on air conditioning, and when outdoors to avoid grassy areas. "It is not just in lakes and areas of rainwater that you have mosquitoes. They live in grassy areas too. People want the grass but they don’t want the insects.”

Georgallis also made a number of recommendations in residential areas, to minimise insect population. They should remove or destroy all containers (buckets, bowls, troughs, vases, bottles, old tires, etc.) that can collect water. Replacement or fix damaged covers on septic tanks and sewer systems, which should also be greased and hermetically sealed where possible.

Drainage systems should be sprayed frequently, especially during the hot months, with appropriate larvae killer, or even a small amount of crude oil. Damaged tanks should be replaced or repaired. Finally, small fish can be placed in outdoor tanks and fountains that will eat the insects.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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