Cartagena City Council launches a special reinforcement to control mosquitoes in Cartagena and its coastline.

Cartagena City Council launches a special reinforcement to control mosquitoes in Cartagena and its coastlineThe City Council of Cartagena has launched a special reinforcement to control mosquito infestations that have been generated in the municipality as a result of the recent rains in the city and the coast.

Thus, larvicide treatments will be intensified in the urban area, through the municipal concessionaire Belmonte Ambiental, and both on the coast and in neighbourhoods and districts, with a specific contract, similar to the one executed in the last three years.

As explained by the deputy mayor and acting councillor for Health, Manuel Padín, this new contract will be developed in five actions that will cover most of the municipality and will be developed throughout the summer, starting this month.

Work will be carried out in the green areas of the localities and will take place from 00.00 to 8.00 hours, in order to cause the least inconvenience to citizens and to be as effective as possible. For this reason, the actions will require residents to close their doors and windows.

The schedule of actions will be announced in the coming days and will be communicated to the affected towns and villages by means of Civil Protection notices.

Likewise, the Department of Health, together with the pest control concessionary company, has also reinforced larvicide treatments in the natural areas of Marina del Carmolí, Lo Poyo and Calblanque, after requesting the corresponding permits from the Community.

In addition, the municipal department has contacted the ANSE Naturalist Association so that they can exercise extreme control over possible pests that may be generated on the land they own in the area surrounding the Salinas de Marchamalo.

AVOID WATER IN POTS OR PUDDLES
The Department of Health warns that citizens also have the power to reduce the influx of mosquitoes, specifically the Aedes albopictus or tiger mosquito, which proliferates in small accumulations of water (pots, drains, watering cans) causing problems in the neighbourhood.

In this way, citizens are asked to check their plots, terraces and private gardens, and to avoid puddles in swimming pools in poor condition or in the tarpaulins and covers of such pools, abandoned boats, containers and plastic pools.

In this regard, the Health Department, through the concessionary company, continues with the door-to-door service to locate mosquito breeding areas in private areas, advising neighbours on the steps to take to eliminate these sources.

Additional measures are also being taken to clean gardens, public areas, watercourses and plots of land where these insects find refuge.

In addition, it is recommended that people who have their second home in Cartagena and come to the coast on holiday open their homes and clean up pools in poor condition and stagnant water, as well as clearing undergrowth from plots and gardens.

Other recommended measures are: weekly emptying or turning upside down containers that accumulate water, flower pots, vases, animal drinking troughs; hermetically covering anything that cannot be emptied, such as tanks, cisterns, drums and covering vents with tight-fitting mosquito nets; getting rid of rubbish or waste that can accumulate rainwater; applying bleach to disinfect drains and gutters; keeping swimming pools and ponds clean and perfectly chlorinated.

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