Felipe Coello: "Many of the foci of proliferation are found in private areas, in the accumulations of water that are formed, for example, in private containers, pots and patios, as well as in untreated or abandoned pools, so the collaboration from the neighbors in these cases is essential.
"The Murcia City Council continues with the Emergency Plan against the tiger mosquito -aedes albopictus- acting with a special deployment in all districts and corners of the entire municipality and using different methods and means, such as drones and a helicopter for difficult areas access.Also, due to recent rains and high temperatures in recent weeks, the Department of Sports and Health, led by Felipe Coello, through the Municipal Health Services, recalls the importance of citizen collaboration in the fight against this insect .
“Many of the foci of mosquito proliferation are found in private areas, in the accumulations of water that are formed, for example, in private containers, pots and patios, as well as in untreated or abandoned pools, so the collaboration of the neighbors in these cases is essential ”, explains the mayor.The works are focusing on the treatment of scuppers, to avoid the proliferation of larvae, and attention to neighborhood complaints in the municipality as a whole.
It is also working on boulevards and in garden lanes.Aerial treatment is carried out by identifying and geolocating outbreaks of public or private mosquitoes and applying the biological larvicide on areas of stagnant water inaccessible by terrestrial methods.
The selected product is a biological larvicide based on Bacillus thurigiensis selective for the mosquito larva and respectful of the rest of the flora and fauna.Different methods to get to all placesBy land-based methods, continuous work continues on public foci, such as accessible boulevards, irrigation canals, city scuppers and districts, as well as any other site with public access and presenting water stagnations that may constitute a possible focus breeding.The device is made up of three SUVs, equipped with a powerful spray gun and four hand cannons, plus 10 fumigation packs for scuppers.
In addition, three drones are being used to locate mosquito outbreaks in areas of difficult access."The coincidence between high temperature and water are the main factors that favor the proliferation of mosquitoes and now we focus all our efforts on fighting them due to the diseases they can transmit and how they reproduce, in small accumulations of water," says Felipe Coello.Recommendations to combat itThe municipal health services of the City Council have launched a prevention and information campaign against the tiger mosquito.
The program is available in the news section of the City Council website, as well as on the portal www.ayuntamientomurcia-salud.es.
It should be noted that the company Aguas de Murcia will collaborate in the distribution of the brochure by sending it to all those citizens who have an electronic invoice.Some of the recommendations are: Tips to avoid sting:-You can use repellents, especially on the legs.
The mosquito usually bites in the areas of the body closest to the ground.-Maintain good body hygiene.
Sweat and strong body odors attract them.-Put mosquito nets on the windows and use electrical devices against insects. Actions to combat it:-Avoid containers that can accumulate water, such as buckets or drums.-Remove accumulated water in objects or empty it weekly, such as in vases, ashtrays, flowerpot plans, plastic pools, drinkers or tires.-Tightly cover with lid or mosquito net the water tanks.-Maintain chlorine levels in your pond, raft or pool.-Put in your pond or garden fountain ornamental fish, which eat the larvae.-Clean roof and terrace gutters regularly.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia