Households cannot afford to be negligent in the fight against the Aedes Aegypti
According to Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, at his remarks during Mosquito Awareness Week in May 2017, “Community participation is critical to the success of any programme designed to eliminate breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Efforts are doomed to failure if even one household is negligent.”
The female Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary vector for transmitting dangerous diseases such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya, which contribute to the one million deaths caused by mosquitoes each year. Given its high prevalence in the region, community involvement is necessary for the fight against this known killer.
Between the years 2015 and 2016, Barbados experienced an increase of 700% in dengue and according to the World Health Organization, Barbados has the highest rate of dengue in the Americas. The Aedes aegypti is also a known vector of several other viruses that affect many Bajans each year, including chikungunya and Zika.
The risk of mosquito borne illness is intensified during the rainy months of June thru October when water from rainfall accumulates in foliage, man-made water containers and even in areas where there are supplies of fresh water for domestic use— all being potential breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti. The only way to lower the risk is for residents to ensure that their property is regularly checked and treated. Often this is easier said than done.
“Not only must residents target areas where it is potentially contaminated or dirty water, but exposed fresh water resources need to be treated as well,” indicates Dominic Cox of Mosquito Kong, which specializes in a regional world class mosquito management program, driven by a team with over 60-years of combined expertise in mosquito control as well as support from ADAPCO, the world’s leading providers of innovative and progressive mosquito solutions.
According to Cox, the following measures are absolutely necessary for an effective household treatment program:
- All members of the household should be aware of specific hygiene and sanitation measures to control breeding. These include always turning over empty pails and buckets, checking to ensure that water has not gathered in flower pots, blocked gutters, or holes in trees, and always cover trash cans when not in use.
- Regular professional monitoring for mosquitos and breeding sites is essential. Mosquito Kong’s Comprehensive Mosquito Management System features free inspections, destruction of larvae and breeding sites, indoor and outdoor microencapsulated treatments, specialty ultra-low volume fogging and data trapping. This service is provided on a 21-day cycle.
- Ensure that all chemicals used are environmentally safe. Many residents shy away from certain areas given the potential environmental impacts or fear of poisoning the water supply. All sites where there is water are potential breeding grounds, including fresh water ponds, canals and unsealed water storage tanks— and these must be treated.
“Many vector control programs have potential adverse environmental impacts, especially around fresh water supplies,” confirms Cox. “The chemicals that are used by Mosquito Kong are among the few that are safe to the environment and household drinking supplies and have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Professional assistance is critical in the fight against mosquitoes— traditional mosquito control methods for Aedes aegypti have become increasingly ineffective. The mosquito has already developed some resistance to many common insecticides, and this resistance is passed on to future generations.
“Mosquito Kong’s fogging equipment has been laser tested according to US Navy standards to ensure maximum efficacy, and we are in the unique position of guaranteeing eradication of up to 90% of mosquitoes, thanks to our protocols and use of extremely high quality products.. Even In close knit neighbourhoods! The program has made tremendous differences! From large estates and hotels, to persons living in a town house, sharing a garden.,” explains Cox.
Mosquito Kong is indeed the leader in providing mosquito control solutions in Barbados and is currently expanding its local facilities to include a laboratory for testing mosquitos and larvae in order to significantly reduce or eradicate the Aedes Aegypti mosquito from Barbados in the coming years.
The Mosquito Kong Team on the job with a commenable attention to detail which achieves the desired result:-