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Jan 12, 2021

Midges! Midges! Midges!

The midges are on the move, swarming residences along the coastline.  The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness has been notified of the midges’ invasions.  Fortunately, these tiny pesky bugs are not seen as a public health hazard, but even so, the ministry sent out workers on an extermination mission.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Midges are invading residences along the coast. These are pesky bugs that collect in the thousands, blanketing ceilings and walls. They have appeared in several communities along the coast.

 

Kim Bautista

Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations, Vector Control, M.O.H.W. 

“Over the past days, the Ministry was notified of the proliferation of some tiny insects, particularly in neighborhoods along the seashore and coastline in general. So we did some checks and identified that the particular insect of concern is a type of midge which there are several hundred species of midges both biting and non-biting.”

 

…and that’s the only threat they pose. Well, other than being a nuisance. These midges don’t carry diseases and are not a public health hazard. According to the Chief of Operations of the Vector Control Unit at the Ministry, Kim Bautista, these are non-biting midges.


Kim Bautista

“What we are seeing is a high population of non biting midges as I said mostly along the coastal areas.” 

 

Hipolito Novelo 

“What has caused this because this is not a yearly event?”

 

Kim Bautista

“What tends to happen is that there are always somewhat a fairly good population of midges, but I think that what contributed to the situation was that after the high rainfall and the floods that we had over the past weeks, combined with the cold fronts you still have a lot of breathing habitats for both mosquito and midges.”

 

These midges have a short life span, a few days. But even so, the officials are out spraying them to death.

 

Kim Bautista

“We have certain zones within Belize city, public health zone seven to nine which runs you from Marine Parade all the way to Haulover Creek and those are the areas that are most infested so we have our guys out on the ground applying larvicides and also we’ve adjust our spray schedule with the U and V trucks to also provide some relief.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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