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POTENTIAL THREAT: These innocuous looking vessels and wastes become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Photo: K.Ganesan.
POTENTIAL THREAT: These innocuous looking vessels and wastes become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Photo: K.Ganesan.

S. Sundar

MADURAI: Mosquito is the worst menace of the city at present. The fear of chikungunya did not leave anyone.

Still, no one forgets to use a mosquito repellent, be it a coil or a liquidator, to ensure a peaceful sleep.

Unfortunately, most of the residents think this is the only way to keep the little devils away. Though willing to spend a good sum of money on the repellent, they are not aware they were unknowingly breeding `deadly' varieties of them in their backyard or on their terrace.

Not many know that the uncovered overhead water tank, a vessel without lid over it and an unattended coconut shell were all potential sources of breeding the mosquitoes that cause chikungunya and dengue. Corporation officials who were carrying out awareness programme on overcoming mosquito menace, had put up a simple but educative exhibition at the `Varum mun kappom' medical camp at Sellur. It had a wide range of innocuous-looking wastes that were clandestinely helping mosquito breeding.

Unused tyres, cement tanks, plastic drums, flowerpots, abandoned cases of car batteries and much more were on the display.

"Fresh water left stagnant even on a spoon for a week was good enough to generate a dozen mosquitoes," a corporation worker said. Coconut sheaths, lids of small plastic containers, broken pieces of earthen pots, wooden logs that could hold water should be disposed of safely, he added.

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