The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) will begin efforts to control Aedes aegypti on Tuesday, 3 August.
This mosquito breeds in and around houses, giving rise to its household name - “Domestic Mosquito”. It lays eggs primarily in man-made containers that hold water. It is also the mosquito responsible for transmitting dengue, zika and chikungunya.
MRCU teams will begin work in West Bay and Bodden Town. Operations allow for the teams to survey and treat every yard until they join up in George Town. Both teams will then focus on surveying and treating George Town. Operations will then move on to the eastern districts.
There have been no dengue outbreaks in 2020 or 2021; mostly correlated to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Residents are asked to facilitate the MRCU inspection process by allowing teams access to properties, and by removing any containers capable of holding water.
MRCU Director, Dr. Alan Wheeler, described access to properties as critical to the team’s work of undertaking vital surveillance and treatments.
“This annual project is a lot of work for our teams and we very much appreciate any assistance that the community is able to provide.”
MRCU will also continue its control efforts, with ongoing work to identify and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, including remote areas, around all three islands.
For more advice on mosquito control, contact MRCU on 949-2557 in Grand Cayman, or 948-2223 on Cayman Brac.