05 Jan '12, 3pm

Coordinated effort against midges

Coordinated effort against midges

SINGAPORE: The battle against the nuisance of midges from Bedok Reservoir is shaping into a multi-agency exercise. The town council, national water agency PUB, National Environment Agency and NParks are coordinating the work - to fog, track and control all breeding areas. PUB has also commissioned a study with insect experts from the National University of Singapore to find long-term solutions to the sudden boom in the population of midges. The university will work with entomologists from the National Environment Agency's Environmental Health Institute. The midges have led to residents having to eat in semi-darkness to avoid their company. Stallholders lament that business has been down by 40 to 50 per cent as fewer people want to eat out. Luo Qi, a chef at Uncle Chia Western Food, said: "The coffeeshop has been turning off the lights to prevent the flies from coming, but ...

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