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ZIKV FACTS: Ways to reduce mosquito breeding (Part 1)

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 11:02 PM
Cracks in yards can create ideal mosquito breeding sites
Keep water containers covered





Ways to reduce mosquito breeding


The zika virus poses a serious threat to Jamaica as it continues to spread across Latin America and the Caribbean. Now an epidemic in nine countries - Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela - it is only a matter of time before it reaches Jamaica.

The zika virus is transmitted mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is endemic to Jamaica. Let's do our part to minimise the spread by cutting down on the mosquito breeding sites.

Each week, The Gleaner will provide some useful tips on the zika virus and ways to minimise mosquito breeding.

• Mosquitoes lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water, which will hatch in seven to 15 days.

• During the off season, mosquitoes can lay dormant for up to one year!

• Mosquitoes can breed in any open container that has as little as a drop of water!

• If standing water is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the first place.

• Common mosquito breeding sites include: pet water dish, old tires, bird baths, hollow trees, flower pot trays, drainage ditches, wading pools, swimming pools, baptismal pools, water gardens, ponds, fountains, open containers with as little as an ounce of water (cans, jars, water storage drums/tanks, bottles, trash cans and lids) and any area with standing water of as little as a drop.