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Landed homes to get anti-mosquito kits due to more mosquito breeding: NEA

Landed homes to get anti-mosquito kits due to more mosquito breeding: NEA
"With the year-end holiday season approaching and more people remaining at home, all stakeholders are urged to maintain efforts to stem dengue transmission," says NEA.
The number of dengue cases remains high as landed residential homes become the main areas for mosquito breeding. 

As of Nov 18, there have been 33,844 dengue cases reported this year, with 355 cases from the previous week.

To counter this, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) will be giving out anti-mosquito kits to residents living in landed homes, the agency announced in press release on Thursday (Nov 19). 

Kits For Mosquito-Free Homes 

As part of NEA’s new campaign for mosquito prevention, they will be distributing Mozzie-Proof Your Home tool kits to people living in landed residential residences.

The kit contains:

  • A Booklet 

An information booklet about common mosquito breeding habitats in landed homes and how to prevent them from happening within the house.

It also has tips on what residents can do to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites as well as further information on mosquito repellents. 

  • One Bti Dunk

Residents will also be provided with one Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) dunk for them to place at areas that are not regularly checked such as roof gutters, drains and water fountains, all of which are potential mosquito breeding spots. 

  • Weatherproof Stickers, Wooden Plant Pot Markers and Fridge Magnets

For visual reminders to check on these areas, residents will be given stickers, marks and fridge magnets so they can practise regularly checking for any mosquito breeding around their homes. 

How to prevent mosquito breeding within your homes

To help residents living in landed homes, NEA advises them to take additional measures in preventing mosquito breeding within their houses and compounds.

These measures may help when practised on a regular basis. 

  • Turn over containers and store them under shelter when not in use
  • Cover all water storage containers 
  • Maintain water fountains regularly and scrub the interior surfaces to remove mosquito eggs 
  • Clear roof gutters and drains within the compound
  • Also, add Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) larvicide to stagnant water bodies that cannot be removed

There will also be “Mozzie Wipeout” dengue cluster banners put up around landed residential estates for awareness on the ongoing problem. Residents are encouraged to visit NEA’s website and their myENV app to be updated on dengue cases.

Dengue Clusters Update

According to NEA, there are still 106 dengue clusters as of Nov 18. 

Since the beginning of the year, they have managed to close 96 per cent of 2,942 dengue clusters.

The reported clusters that were closed the previous week were in the areas of Pasir Ris Drive 10, Cambridge Road, Cheng Soon Garden, Fernvale Road and Ah Hood Road. 

But due to the remaining number of dengue cases, NEA said it will continue to have preventive inspections for the removal of mosquito breeding habitats. 

NEA hopes this new campaign will raise more awareness on the issue and give the residents a sense of urgency on the situation as to prevent any more dengue cases.

This article was first published in theAsianparent.

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