Mosquitoes are the main carriers of the dangerous dengue disease and they may put the entire community at risk, if not addressed properly. Data reports clearly show that there is a rise in dengue cases being reported every week. Hence, it is important to ensure the cleanliness of our homes, offices and surroundings.
What Does the National Environment Agency Reports Say?
Per the latest report published by National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore, there is already 3,490 dengue cases report through 17 May 2019. That number already exceeded the 3,285 cases reported last year. The officials of NEA reported that in the past weeks, they are noticing a drastic increase of dengue cases being reported every week. The cases reported recently are more than double the number of cases reported in the last seven weeks.
NEA is focussing on controlling the breeding of mosquitoes and is encouraging everyone to take part in bringing the mosquito population in check to prevent any further increase in dengue cases.
NEA is continuously conducting multiple rounds of inspections in the affected areas. Their teams are also extending the inspections, hosting community events and performing house visits to minimize the threat of dengue. Dengue cluster alerts posters and banners have been rolled out in the affected areas and estates, in the lift lobbies and common public areas to spread awareness amongst public about dengue and other diseases spread by mosquitoes. They are also distributing pamphlets about the symptoms of dengue, primary care to be given to the patients and how to prevent this disease.
When Should You Seek Help From the Professionals?
If you are noticing mosquitoes in your HDB neighbourhood or business establishments, it’s highly advisable to ask pest management companies, especially those that specialise in mosquito control services, to take a look at the situation to ensure that any issue is dealt with properly and immediately. These professionals will help you and your community to ensure that your surroundings are clean to prevent mozzies to live and breed in. For now, you can take the following tips to help you fight against dengue-carrier pests:
- Spray insecticide in dark, watery corners of your home
- Ensure that water glasses and other liquid containers are empty
- Change the water in flower vases every other day
- Check and clear any stagnant water
- Apply insect repellent daily
- As much as possible, wear clothes that cover your arms and legs