(CMR) The Mosquito Research & Control Unit (MRCU) has informed the community that recent high tides, which started on 3 April, have caused flooding in the mangrove breeding areas of the Black Salt Marsh Mosquito (Aedes taeniorhynchus). The flooding resulted in high numbers of mosquitoes emerging 10-14 days later.
On the 20th of April, tides increased again, which has resulted in further flooding of the mosquito breeding areas. This second peak in high tides is expected to result in a further large emergence of biting mosquitoes during the first week of May.
MRCU has identified flooded areas harboring mosquito larvae and is currently conducting control operations to minimize the biting nuisance expected next week.
MRCU will be conducting aerial and ground fogging operations to bring the emergence under control.
The team is sympathetic to the distress this causes to residents of these areas and advises its operations should bring relief for residents. Members of the public are advised to remain indoors as much as possible during the mosquito's peak biting period (7-9 pm) and to wear mosquito repellent when outdoors.