So here’s a secret: getting rid of dengue is best done as a team. Sure, it’s possible to do it alone, but then where’s the fun in that? Besides, having back up is always better than not having back up – they can help to double check all the areas in case we miss a spot.
With that, I’d like to introduce you to the members of this small but effective dengue fighting team. We call them the Mozz Squad.
Also known as Mission Commander. Leads the team on regular search and destroy operations. First in, last out, does not leave until the mission is completed.
Dedicated, tenacious, overall badass. The team’s secret weapon.
Assists on missions but occasionally gets distracted by birds and small furry animals.
Now that you’ve met the squad, here’s a sneak peek into one of our Mozzie Wipeout Missions.
1. Make sure all water containers are turned over when not in use.
It only requires a small pool of stagnant water for mosquitoes to breed, so we need to conduct regular inspections of the house to ensure that there is no stagnant water anywhere.
I don’t know why we still have these jerry cans but the rain does sometimes splash onto the top of the cans. The mozz squad checks to see the containers are dry at all times.
We also make sure that all water storage containers are turned over to prevent water from entering or stagnating within when it rains.
Maverick says it’s A-ok!
2. Check scupper drains along the corridor to ensure that the flow of water is not obstructed.
A clogged drain can cause stagnant water to accumulate, which forms ideal habitats for mosquitoes to make lots of babies.
Drain could do with a bit of cleaning (ahem), but otherwise, all clear.
3. Check flower pot plates for stagnant water.
Flower pot plates are one of the most common breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and the water from the plates have to be removed every other day. We also loosen the hardened soil so that stagnant water does not accumulate.
We make it a point to get the kids involved in mozzie extermination missions and they take it very seriously (so cute!). They know that we all have a part to play in keeping our home safe from dengue, plus they help to remind us to do the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout regularly. Win-win.
Alright, mission complete. Mozz Squad over and out.