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Mosquito Control

I am trying to get my head around an idea that has been fermenting between my ears for some time now.

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. If unnecessary standing water is removed, mosquitoes are deprived of some of their breeding areas.


Mosquitoes will lay their eggs anywhere they find water – puddles, tin cans, discarded tyres, plastic bottles.

If these sources of water can be eradicated or at least reduced, mosquitoes will not have as many breeding areas to use.

So, here is the idea.

Children should be educated in the breeding sysle of mosquitoes and then encouraged to eradicate discarded waste where water can collect, by picking up tin cans and plastic containers, and reporting finds of discarded tyres which will then be removed by … well … someone [KCIS?] , and getting hollows in the ground filled in.

This will not eradicate the scourge of malaria, but it will help, by controlling the number of mosquitoes in the area.

So, KCIS, or someone will have a pile of tin cans, plastic containers, and old tyres. Surely, these can be recycled? There must be a market for scrap metal, even in Kenya! And, without doing any research, I know that there is one plastic extrusion plant in Kenya that uses scrap plastics, so there is a market for waste plastic.

And I am sure there is a use for old tyres. I know that in some countries, they are ground up and used for other purposes, but in Kenya? I don’t know. But there must be a use for them.

One Step Further …

While we are at it, collecting waste, there is a lot of organic waste, particularly in and around the open markets. If we are in waste collecting mode, why not collect this and compost it, bag it and transport it to other parts of Kenya where soil is not as productive as it is in Nyanza?

Some organic waste could be used in anaerobic production of methane. Organic waste is going to produce methane anyway, so why not collect the gas and use it? After all, it is free!

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