(Press Release) The met office has recorded an increase in rainfall activity in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. As you are aware, we are currently fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic, hence mitigating the risk of mosquito diseases are of top priority.
The rainfall activity has increased the mosquito breeding sites, which gives rise to the
proliferation of the Aedes Egypti mosquito, which causes dengue fever and chikungunya.
It is with this context in mind that the Environmental Health Department is requesting the
1. All residents must remove and discard all mosquito-breeding containers such as cans,
bottles, old tyres, etc. from around the household in an approved refuse bin.
2. All tyre repair shops should dispose of all defective and unwanted tyres to the sanitary
landfill to prevent the accumulation of tyres onsite, which can collect and store stagnant
water. This contributes to the proliferation of mosquitoes. All tyres for sale must be
stored in a dry area.
3. All residents must clear roof gutters of debris and change the water in animal troughs
4. Residents must inspect and change water in vases in and around the house daily to
prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes.
5. Residents should report large bodies of stagnant water found in communities to the
nearest Health Centre.
6. Residents are advised to clear empty lots of land and to trim thick vegetation.
The Environmental Health Department will be embarking on a vigorous mosquito drive.
Fogging/residual spraying, one of the perifocal treatment strategies will be utilized to control mosquito breeding. Residents are asked to support the perifocal team as they drive through the communities by opening all windows and doors to allow the penetration of insecticide, which will inoculate the adult mosquito.
The fogging schedule is as follows:
Conaree – Friday, December 17, 2021 5:30 pm
Frigate Bay & Calypso Bay – Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 6:00 am
Residents sensitive to this insecticide or who have asthmatic conditions are asked to leave the area briefly during the fogging exercise.