Potential Breeding Sites

Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus breed in a wide variety of container habitats. Dengue mosquito breeding places can be categorize as follows

  1. Discarded non biodegradable items
  2. Discarded biodegradable items
  3. Places where rain water can be accumulated
  4. Uncovered water storage tanks, containers
  5. Ornamental & fancy items where water can be collected
  6. Special home appliances
  7. Water containing small containers inside and outside of the house 
  8. Plants/ parts of plants, tree holes
  9. Others

1.Discarded non biodegradable items
Eg. Tires, Plastic wrappers, Polythine, clay pots, discarded bottles, Rigiform boxes, Plastic cups, discarded toys and other items, tin (salmon & Biscuit), wooden boxes

 

 

Large discarded containers (tyres, damaged appliances) and small discarded containers (paint cans)

2.Discarded biodegradable items
Eg. Coconut shells,   King Coconut shells, bamboo stumps  (and other fruit shells which can hold water, egg shells – hardly breed mosquitoes in these places)

3. Places where rain water can be accumulated
Eg.Concrete slabs, Blocked roof gutters, 

4. Uncovered / unprotected water storage tanks, barrels and other containers, rain water harvesting tanks


5. Ornamental & fancy items where water can be collected
Bird baths, statutes, abandoned ponds, flower vases, flower pots and saucers, abandoned fish tanks, fountains

 

6. Home appliances
Eg.Refrigerator trays and air conditioner trays

 

7. Water containing small containers inside and outside of the house  
Eg. Ant traps , Animal feeding trays    

8. Plants/ parts of plants, tree holes , leaf axiles, bamboo stumps

9. Others

  • Unused “Cisterns”
  • Cemented shallow wells
  • Unused boats
  • Water leaking   cement floor
  • Water dispenser’s tray
  • Fence poles
  • At the construction sites
  • Inside the grinding stones
  • Tube Wells
  • Earth pipe hole
  • Water meter

 

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  • National Dengue Control Unit,
    Ministry of Health,
    Public Health Complex
    , 555/5, Elvitigala Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka.
  • (0094) 1 2368416, 2368417

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