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Jun 15, 2020

An Explosion of Mosquitoes

An explosion of mosquitoes was felt everywhere on Friday evening and the rest of the weekend. Somehow, the mosquitoes felt more aggressive and seemed to be more intense.  So today, we caught up with the Head of the Vector Control Unit at the Ministry of Health, Kim Bautista who says that there are two species of mosquitoes that have increased population along the coast of Belize and Mexico. These mosquitoes laid their eggs during the drought and the recent rains provided a breeding ground causing them to multiply.  Bautista goes into details.

 

Kim Bautista

Kim Bautista, Head, Vector Control Unit, Ministry of Health

“With the intense heat that we had and that dry spell, it is a natural response for mosquitoes to try and lay as much eggs as possible. So what you have around this time of the year is that you would have certain mosquito species that aren’t really laying eggs in containers that are around the yard. You have mosquito species such as the sorophara ciliate, which are those big black ones that the public is seeing in the coastal areas. And there is also another species that tends to be in brackish to salt water type environments, aedes tenerencus and those tend to lay eggs indiscriminately—in grasses, shrubs. And so when you get your first rains or tides that are higher than usual, that process starts with the development and then you get a  sudden explosion in the population, which is what we saw in places like Caye Caulker, San Pedro, Belize City, Corozal—those coastal areas. The similar reports we are receiving from Mexico as well. So those species aren’t really vectors of any mosquito-borne diseases, but because of their aggressive biting habits, they are a nuisance. And it is not only biting during early dawn or late evenings, after sunset, you get biting throughout the day and of course it intensifies between six and seven.”


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