The major culprit responsible for spreading dengue fever in the Capital has been found – it’s the pots used to keep indoor plants. The number of homes found to be breeding dengue-causing mosquito larvae in the city has surpassed last year’s figure. Of the 15,900 homes found with breeding mosquitoes in the last one month, about 50% have been found in the pots and vases where water collects unseen.
The latest data released by the three corporations shows that the number of homes where mosquitoes were found breeding has increased by 13,440 taking the total to 10,1306 so far. Of these, legal notices have been sent to 84,983 homes.
Overhead water tanks are another major spots, where dengue mosquitoes breed. People usually forget to get them cleaned. Water also accumulates in the water bowls people set out for birds and pets in the homes.
“Dengue is caused by mosquitoes that breed in clear water. A lot of homes do not realise that water accumulates beneath the pots of plants, where mosquito larvae thrive,” said NK Yadav, municipal health officer of south Delhi, who is coordinating the mosquito prevention programme of all the three corporations.
A domestic breeding checker said that people are usually surprised when mosquitoes are found in their residence. “Families assume that their house is clean but overlook areas such as flower pots and overhead tanks,” he said.
During August and September, the maximum number of mosquito larvae was found inside water coolers. But with temperatures dropping, people have stopped using them.