JOHOR BARU: “Inviting” Aedes mosquitoes into your home might be a good thing!
Johor Health Department deputy director Dr Fatimah Othman (Public Health) said this method is used in laboratories to observe the mosquitoe’s breeding cycle.
“Place a glass or plastic container with clean water in a dark spot and after seven or eight days you will see Aedes larvae in it,” she said when contacted.
Dr Fatimah said the water should be thrown immediately before the larvae could turn into adult mosquitoes.
This method is effective in controlling Aedes mosquitoes as it is it easier to dispose larvae trapped in a container which is visible to us, she said.
“However, you have to be really vigilant if you want to use this method in dengue prevention and check the water regularly to see the breeding pattern.”
However, Dr Fatimah said keeping the surroundings clean from rubbish was even more important than “inviting” mosquitoes to breed.
“Those going on long Hari Raya holiday should make sure their house is clean and there is no uncollected rubbish.
“They should also ensure that water is not left to stagnate in containers, especially flower pots.
“Do not forget to spray insecticide before leaving the house and after coming back again from the break,” she said.
Meanwhile, state Health and Environment chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said 5,465 dengue cases were recorded from January to July 11, with 14 deaths.
He said the Johor Baru district recorded the highest number of dengue cases in the country with 75% of the cases occurring here.