looking around

17 Jul

london 6.27pm 26C sunny monday 2017

i was lookng around my flat this morning and later this afternoon and not a single fly in sight and i thought how come? this good weather we have been having should produce a crop of them. but just now i saw one flying about and pestering me. haha. so that was the first fly of the year. at least where i am concerned. it has been rather unusual for so few flies. even the lack of them. only one so far.

i read in a blog i follow that penang is fogging the area, where this blogger lives. i think they do it regularly, or when there is a risk of dengue. it is meant to kill off the mosquitos that carry the dengue fever. it used to be malaria, but now it is dengue.

i read in another blog that they can catch and test mosquitos for plasmodium, which is the main cause of malaria. and so can start fogging the area before it infects people. it takes 7 days it seems when they are infectious, for the symptoms to get serious enough for these infected people to present themselves in the hospital. by which time it is too late to prevent the disease. it is time intensive to catch and test the mosquitos and only then, to test them for malaria… but i was thinking maybe do what the penang govt is doing, just fog the area regularly… that way if that fogging is as effective in killing mosquito as they say, u just kill off the mosquitos whether they are infected or not. i dont think there are anyone going to try to save the mosquitos. haha. maybe fogging is not effective in open areas where the wind can just disperse it. it might work in penang which is an island, and so not so easy for the mainland mosquitos to come in over the water.

how safe for humans are those chemicals used in the fogging? i wonder. must be quite safe or they wont be doing it right? and if they are doing it outdoors, maybe u can close the windows and keep the fog out. but on the other hand, u might want to fog the inside of your place to get rid of any that has crept in.

how common is window screens? in my family home in pj, allthe windows have mosquito screens. but it does limit the wind that comes in, and the room can get very stuffy without a breeze coming through easily. means that the fan must be on all the time. or the aircond, though it can make the room get too cold.

 i am glad flies dont carry disease. nor do they bite us. as pest they are the most minor of pests. 

added , it seems the fog is quite safe, and they even ask people to open their windows whilst it is going on , to let the fog into the house.

when i was a kid, a man/woman with a tank on his/her back would spray oil on anything that collects water. even inside plants. it is a effective way of killing off the larvae, which needs to come up to the surface to breathe, and then have its breathing pores clogged by the oil and it drowns. but i i think they use a chemical and it was found to cause cancer and so it was banned. and so they stop all this spraying… but i think they should bring it back and use kerosene instead. 


6 Responses to “looking around”

  1. Garfield Hug Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 6:07 am #

    My view is that chemicals in any form (no matter how safe it purports to be) is never safe. I cannot stand the smell of Shelltox or Ridsect and whenever my mum uses it, I told her it is her way of telling me to leave! I can hardly breathe! I have allergies. Instead I use “chalk” to deter ants or some granules in a plastic little packet to drive roaches away or plain old pandan leaves! Ha Ha!

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 7:04 am #

      how does singapore handle the mosquitos problem? does it do fogging? or is it so built up, that it is not a problem.

      • Garfield Hug Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 8:15 am #

        Yes still fogging. But fogging displaces the mosquitoes and they fly back. The trick is to stop breeding grounds and this is ramped up. Instead of fogging…nip it at the bud or root to stop mosquitoes from breeding.

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 8:24 am #

        that is why they also say make sure there are no containers with stagnant water around. but plants also trap water and can breed mosquitos. that is why i say spraying oil on it can prevent it. though it is impossible to get at those jungly places, like the botanic gardens or farms. dont visit them in morning and evening, when the mosquitos come out.or wear lots of insect repellants. but if u dont like chemicals, wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers. it can be so warm though to wear those. if anything singapore is more in danger of tourists carrying the dengue fever into the country

      • Garfield Hug Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 9:23 am #

        Agree. I do not go out at those hours when mozzies are active. Also to close windows and aircon turned on. Spraying oil is good and recently we discovered that the Raffles Palm tree actually breeds mosquitoes as water trapped in the fronds of palm at the stem of each frond. We had to spray oil on each plant. Finally it was better to rip it out. Safer.

  2. alifesgayventure Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    really, they got rid of the palm tree, wow. its a beautiful palm tree with its distinctive fan shape of branches. pity to get rid of it. all plants trap water. and singapore’s policy of planting trees and bushes to green the city means there are lots of water traps everywhere. 11.200 had dengue fever last year in singapore. elderly more at risk.
    Domestic containers remain the most common breeding ground for the Aedes mosquito at home, followed by flower-pot plates or trays and ornamental containers. most of us when we get bitten dont really think of it. at least when i was living there i never think of it. malaria was the common one then. but u can take medicine for it, to prevent it. so far no medicine to prevent dengue.

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