WHAT would have cost RM20 to trap mosquitoes in the past can now be easily made for less than a fraction of the price using mineral water bottles, tape, soft netting and non-toxic insect glue.
This was what SS20 residents found out at a session to make a do-it-yourself (DIY) mosquito trap guided by officers from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Environmental Health Department.
SS20 Central Zone Residents Association chairman Leong Nyu Kuan said the session garnered good response because the residents experienced many dengue cases two years ago.
SS20 Rukun Tetangga chairman Eileen Thong, who attended the session, said the traps would be a good way to eradicate mosquitoes in housing areas, adding that the strategy would be extended to Search and Destroy Aedes Rangers (Sedar) teams for implementation.
In SS20 alone, there are five Sedar teams covering the neighbourhood, a school and hospital.
Community leaders are also hoping for cooperation from the area food court.
MBPJ Health and Environmental Services Department deputy enforcement director Low Ching Keat, who explained its workings, said the city council used to buy mosquito traps for RM20 a piece until a course held in Puchong showed the department how one could be made from recycled items.
More than just a trap, Low said it could be used for monitoring purposes.
“Place your traps in dark corners of your home. If you are able to trap mosquitoes, that means its breeding grounds are nearby. So look for them. Check your traps every three days,” said Low.
He added that contents including the larvae must not be emptied into drains but on the ground under the sun to be killed immediately.
After testing its effectiveness, the council started teaching how to make the DIY traps a year ago, starting with SS25A residents.
Since then, Low and his team have received numerous invitations from residents’ associations and are busy most Saturdays.
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