Tiger Mosquitos: City asks for collaboration


Tiger mosquito

Tiger mosquito

Commissioner Barigazzi: “Alongside the effort of the municipality in public areas, it is important that there’s commitment for the treatment of private areas.”

Every year, from April to October, this little seasonal insect returns to proliferate our homes and common areas, with repercussions for public health that can be anything except insignificant. To combat it, “This year we will intervene by treating public areas and products with a low environmental impact until the end of October,” explains Giuliano Barigazzi, Councillor for Health in the city.

The organizational model of intervention, already experimented last year in 5 pilot areas of the city, involves the involvement of various public entities, such as the Ausl and the municipal police, and private individuals, like the contracting company for disinfestation and voluntary ecological protection. But the news “is that we are appealing to citizens’ collaboration,” continues Barigazzi, “alongside the efforts of the Municipality in public areas, as it’s important to have a commitment equally for private areas.”

Pools of larvae

As is known, in fact, mosquitos lay their eggs in the immediate vicinity of stagnant water and its possible to contain its proliferation in a larval state. Therefore, very small quantities of water, such as a saucer, a bucket or a drain cover represent ideal environments for the larvae of the tiger mosquito and can be lead to outbreaks.

Collaboration

“If everyone intervenes in their own property, they can help with the wellbeing of the community,” commented Simone Borsari, president of the Conference of Presidents of the districts. “To do so, it is necessary to treat the manhole covers of the neighbourhoods, cover bins for watering gardens, repairing covers that collect rain and removing empty containers from the garden.” These are just some of the administration’s recommendations, because despite this year “an average mosquito density is expected compared to the previous years,” explains Marco Farina, head of health and environmental protection so, “we must be careful and understand that prevention now can reduce the deposition of winter eggs and therefore reduce infestation next year.”

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