When you think of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), it’s probably sun, sea, and sand that spring to mind. But, like all tropical destinations, this popular holiday destination is not immune to the threat of mosquito-borne diseases – including dengue, Zika, and chikungunya.
We spoke with Jonathan Oakes, General Manager of BVI’s Eustatia Island and primary director of the BugOut project, and Sarina Hancock, BugOut project coordinator, to find out how the local community is taking on mosquitoes … and winning!
Over the past two years, Eustatia has seen an estimated reduction in mosquito populations of around 90 percent, thanks to consistent and thorough source reduction, larvicidal application and mosquito traps. These practices have now been incorporated into a larger program to benefit the local community under the BugOut program.