31 Oct, 2019 @ 14:23
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Costa Blanca cemeteries in panic Halloween visitors could cause mosquito boom by leaving flowers in vases and glasses

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CEMETERIES on the Costa Blanca are panicking that visitors leaving flowers in vases and glasses could cause a boom in mosquitos on this week’s All Saints’ Day.

Two cemeteries in the city of Elche have launched information campaigns urging families visiting the deceased to use ‘as little water as possible’.

The All Saints’ Day Campaign also asks visitors to throw earth on ‘plates, glasses and vases’ to remove potential mosquito breeding sites.

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DIA DE LOS MOSQUITOS: Information campaign at a cemetery in Elche

Elche’s cemetary manager Héctor Díez warned ‘it is still a fertile time for mosquitos’ despite a reduction in summer heat.

He said fumigation has already been carried out in the two cemeteries in Elche, meanwhile larvicidal treatment has been carried out in numerous cemeteries in and around Alicante city.

Environmental management company Lokímica likewise advised visitors to used sponges and gels instead of water to keep cut flowers hydrated.

It comes as the Costa Blanca has been hit by huge numbers of mosquitos following the gota fría floods in September.

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Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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