18 Jan '11, 3pm

Bedok Reservoir residents plagued by midges

SINGAPORE : Bedok Reservoir residents have been plagued by a swarm of green flies for the past week. The National Environment Agency (NEA) said they are midges, which look like mosquitoes, but they do not bite or carry diseases. Millions of midges are landing everywhere in the area. They are attracted to lights from the HDB flats and are a nuisance. The NEA said the sudden boom in the midge population may be caused by a change in weather and an imbalance of the ecosystem. Many of the higher floor units were not spared as the insects are carried by the wind into residents' homes. Foreign Minister and MP for the area, George Yeo, who inspected the area on Tuesday afternoon, said the Aljunied Town Council are spraying safe pesticides along the mud banks where they breed. Residents have been advised to keep their windows closed as pest control personnel attempt to reduce the m...

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