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Tung Chung residents plagued by voracious insects

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Tenants in newly occupied residential estate The Visionary are being constantly swarmed by mosquitoes and biting midges.

The seaside block of flats stands closest to a stretch of unused land in Tung Chung North. These plots, which will be unused for the next few years, are suspected to be the breeding ground of the insects.

The unusually more humid, hotter and rainier spring sees about twice as many mosquito and similar insect bite complaints in Tung Chung from the previous year, according to Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), which warns that insect activity may only increase citywide in the coming summer months. Pest control measures had been undertaken since the complaints were made.

Apart from mosquitoes, tiny blood-sucking flies called biting midges have also terrorised residents, particularly young children. Bites can cause itchy and painful irritations that can last days to weeks, and bacterial infecion from constant scratching, as well as spread parasites and bacteria.

As the gnat-like insects thrive in damp soil and mud, lesser numbers can be expected in hotter climates, however rainy periods can exacerbate the problem for both species.

Photo by Exploringlife (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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