mosquito: the early advent of mosquitoes, a prelude to what lies ahead | Pune News

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PUNE: They say when it rains, it rains. Residents of Deccan, Shivajinagar, Karve Road, Prabhat Road, NIBM and Kondhwa regions are stung by the thought that the next monsoon could be much worse when it comes to dealing with the seasonal threat of mosquitoes.

According to them, there has already been an upsurge in mosquito outbreaks in different areas of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and what is more worrying is that the monsoon has not yet arrived.
Residents have asked the civic body to take action to resolve the issue at the earliest. Mosquitoes are a threat to health and can cause vector-borne diseases. Not only owners of residential properties but also those of commercial establishments have urged the PMC for urgent action as the issue is affecting businesses as well.
PMC officials, however, said they had increased fogging and that pre-monsoon nullah cleaning and hyacinth removal were underway. Once completed, they will help reduce the nuisance caused by mosquitoes.
According to Kaustubh Bhadale, a resident of number 8 lane on Prabhat Road, there has been a significant spike in the number of mosquitoes in his area.
“Despite the installation of mosquito nets on the windows, mosquitoes make their way inside the houses. Such a situation is a first in our region. There has been a marked increase in mosquitoes lately. The authorities should fix the problem and avoid any potential risk to our health,” he said.
Undri resident Priya Karani said several open-air rooftop restaurants in Kondhwa and Undri are already facing the problem. “To give their customers a break, they give out mosquito spray if you ask,” she said.
A manager of a resto-bar in Koregaon Park said he used liquid mosquito repellent sprays in his indoor area, but did not work effectively outdoors. “We burned coils and fast-acting paper-based repellents under the tables,” he said.

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