No Asian tiger mosquitoes in Barbados
The Asian tiger mosquito or Aedes albopictus.
The Asian tiger mosquito or Aedes albopictus, is not present in Barbados.
Word of this came from Senior Environmental Health Officer at the Vector Control Unit, Dale Holligan.
This follows the recent detection of the species in Jamaica, after surveillance throughout the island.
Holligan told loop News
"The Aedes albopictus is not in Barbados. We only have three types of mosquitos here of concern: the Aedes Aegypti, the Culex and the Anopheles Mosquito."
She urged persons not to let this allow them to become complacent however, while highlighting some of the issues her department continues to see:
"One of the major concerns is how people store water and how they leave containers lying about.
"Persons must do inspections around their home. In your inspection, you should remove all of those containers that you are not using, and if you have them for a purpose ensure they are stored in a way that water cannot get into them."
She also urged persons who have to store water to be mindful of how they do this:
"If you have to store water, cover it properly."
Holligan added that while it may be easy for persons to pay attention to what is easily visible around and below them, they must also take into consideration those higher areas where water can settle:
"If you have trees hanging over your guttering and leaves blow in it, this can form a blockage and water will settle. Your primary aim is to remove any stagnant water from anywhere around you."
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