Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The biters are back

You do have to pay for a spell of good weather following torrential rain. These conditions are ideal for mosquitoes.

Normally the high salt levels prevent the mosquitoes from breeding. However, the heavy rain has reduced the salt levels in the pools around the lagoons thus providing ideal conditions for the Caspius Aedes variety of mosquitoes to breed.

The plague of insects has mainly hit Torrevieja, Guardamar and San Miguel. At the hospital in Torrevieja, 18 of the 300 reported cases of people suffering from bites have had to be treated. Three of the cases wee described as very severe and another five were aid to be suffering from acute inflammation in the area of the bites.

A fumigation program is now under way to try and eradicate the problem with four teams working hard to kill of both the larvae and he adult insects.

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