An intensified mosquito control drive began in Kailua today.
The recent flood conditions in Kailua and windward Oahu have left “ideal breeding places” for night mosquitoes, Dr. Stephen M.K. Hu, chief of the bureau of mosquito control, said.
“We expect that this program should effectively control the mosquito situation on windward Oahu,” he added.
The program started early this morning with power-driven sprays shooting DDT insecticide solutions on ponds, swamps and puddles.
The spray crews will be out every day through Friday to reduce the number of night mosquitoes, which breed in outside water areas.
These mosquitoes are possible carriers of Japanese B encephalitis and filariasis or elephantiasis of the legs.
Thursday morning an airplane will spray Kawainui swamp with a 5 per cent DDT solution. It is being paid for by the Windward Oahu Community Association, according to Dr. Hu.
In the evenings for the rest of the week, open water areas will be sprayed by “fog machines.”
These machines spray DDT solutions in a fog-like blanket and are effective against adult mosquitoes.
The go machine will be in Kaneohe tonight, Kokokahi and Puohala Wednesday, Lanikai Thursday, Kailua Friday and Waimanalo Monday.
The program against day mosquitoes, which breed in containers, will begin Thursday.
A crew of inspectors will begin a house to house inspection and correction program in Lanikai Wednesday and Kailua Thursday.
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