Dengue virus is a mosquito-borne disease caused by four different virus types, DENV 1-4 and spread by Aedes mosquito. It is related to the viruses that caused West Nile infection and Yellow Fever. Dengue fever is dreadful, and it has become one of the worst nightmares across the country.
How does Dengue spread?
Dengue is spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito. Aedes mosquito is a small, dark mosquito with white bands on its legs. It uses natural locations or habitats to lay their eggs. Aedes lay eggs in water containing organic material, e.g., decaying leaves, and algae during the daytime.
Aedes mosquitoes prefer containers with wide openings and dark colored containers that are in the shade to lay their eggs. The life duration for Aedes adult mosquitoes is about three weeks. Dengue is mostly a monsoon virus because the Aedes mosquitoes do not remain alive through the winter in colder climates.
Water that stops flowing is generally not considered to be dangerous, however; it can cause major risks to health such as the Dengue virus. Standing water can be found in almost every place and at any time of the year. Water is an essential element to the mosquito’s life.
Standing Water at home
Aedes mosquitoes are also known as container breeding mosquito. Aedes mosquito breeds mostly in water collection in artificial containers. These mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in water that are stored in manmade containers. Eggs stick to the containers like a gum until they are cleaned off.
A pond, natural or artificial is a form of standing water. Ponds can become a breeding ground for the mosquitoes that spread dengue. Mosquitoes lay eggs where they find still water. Grass clippings and leaves present in ponds supply foods to these mosquitoes to survive.
Water in Tyres
Inappropriately stored tyres can develop into breeding grounds for thousands of mosquitoes. The tyre is one of the important habitats for mosquitoes. Tyres filled with water are insulated and hold heat for a long time that helps mosquitoes in growth and speeds up egg hatching. Moreover, tyres containing water collects leaves that offer nutrition for mosquitoes.
Canvas sheets are used to cover construction materials from rainwater may give rise to mosquito breeding. Water puddles on the floor and tanks left uncovered raise the mosquito breeding.
Aedes mosquitoes mainly lay eggs in clean and stagnant water collections. The eggs can survive up to 8 months after the water in the containers is dried out.