31 Jan '11, 10am

Bedok midges mostly wiped out

Bedok midges mostly wiped out

SINGAPORE: The population of green flies known as midges which has plagued residents of Bedok Reservoir, has now been reduced by 95 per cent. This followed efforts by national water agency PUB and the National Environment Agency. Water-based pesticides were sprayed on the reservoir as well as surrounding HDB blocks. A solid form of the pesticide, known as BTI, was also dropped into the reservoir. BTI is safe and environmentally-friendly. The tiny insects are harmless; they don't bite and do not carry any diseases. It is still not known what caused their population to surge. Minister for Foreign Affairs and MP for Aljunied GRC George Yeo went down to the area again on Monday to get an update. Speaking to reporters, Mr Yeo said he is happy that the situation has improved. He was last there two weeks ago to get a first-hand assessment of the situation.

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