Why mosquitoes plague parts of Metro Manila

Posted at 03/25/2014 11:30 PM

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has advised people clean up their surroundings to prevent mosquitoes from spreading diseases.

In an interview on DZMM's "Magandang Gabi Dok," on Tuesday, DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said they have identified two species of mosquitoes found in major cities in the country.

Residents of Tondo in Manila, and Pasig City said they earlier noticed an increase in mosquitoes in their areas and called it an "invasion."

"Na-identify na po naman ang species ng lamok na nakikita ngayon. Hindi po sila yung mga lamok na nagkakalat ng dengue at chikungunya," Tayag said.

According to Tayag, the culex species thrives in dirty water, while the Aedes aegypti species, which spreads dengue, thrives in clean water.

"Ang pinakamaganda talaga ay magkaroon ng clean up drive para mabawasan ang lamok," he said.

Mosquitoes thrive in a tropical environment, Tayag said.

"Ang gusto ng mga lamok yung sakto lang. Namamatay sila sa mga frozen countries, tapos namamatay din sila kapag sobrang init."

He said that due to changes in weather, people should protect themselves from mosquitoes this summer.

"Iwasan yung mga container na pwedeng mapag-ipunan ng tubig. Kung may drum na may lamang tubig, kailangan may takip."

Aside from cleaning up, Tayag also suggest using larvicides and insecticides to get rid of mosquitoes.

As mosquitoes are attracted to a person's scent, one can also wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect themselves.

Tayag said people should be wary of products that are not proven to fight mosquitoes.

"Iyung mga violet na ilaw na nakakapatay daw ng lamok, hindi pa proven 'yun. Minsan display lang," he said.