We know that dengue fever has made a reappearance in Hawai`i, and some simple steps can be taken to help you better protect yourself by making sure your home and surrounding areas are less attractive to mosquitoes of any type. Whether it's a disease such as dengue fever or just annoying bites, mosquitoes are surely not our friends. And you can take action right now.
According to the Environmental Protective Agency, get rid of standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed. Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitats. Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt, and keep swimming pool water treated and circulating. Mosquitoes need water and moist soil, so deny them where you can.
Answers are still sought as to which of the four specific types of dengue fever we're seeing and also exactly what breed of mosquito is causing the problem. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the day OR nighttime varieties.
The spread of the disease, which we've seen here in a mild form as recently as 2011, involves mosquitoes transmitting the disease from human to human. Let's make sure that mosquito eradication efforts by experts and home dwellers ding the dang dengue disease decidedly before this threat packs a bigger bite. Think about it…