FAISALABAD - Scientists of Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (AARI), Faisalabad are contributing significantly in anti-dengue campaign launched by the Punjab government.

This was stated by Dr Noorul Islam, Director General Agri (Research) while addressing participants of a seminar organised at Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, Faisalabad in connection with anti-dengue campaign.

A large numbers of Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, Faisalabad scientists and staff members attended the seminar.  Dr Faisal Hafeez, Assistant Entomologist delivered a lecture to control dengue mosquitoes. Dr Noorul Islam appreciated efforts of AARI scientists to control dengue mosquitoes and said that to achieve desired results, awareness campaign must be launched to educate the public on the methods for dengue control.

He emphasized the importance of adopting non conventional methods for mosquito control and said that mosquitoes detect their prey through certain smells omitted from human body and with some interventions these signals could be disturbed making impossible for the mosquitoes to bite the humans.

Dr Faisal Hafeez, in his lecture repudiated the impression that dengue mosquitoes lay eggs only in clean water and said that the eggs of mosquitoes had been found near dirty water as well. He told that roof of the houses, inner parts of tyres and non residential new houses have been found habitats of Aedes mosquitoes. He said that Aedes mosquitoes could tolerate the temperature from 22 to 30°C and higher temperature up to 42°C.

He informed about the methods regarding identification of different species of mosquitoes. He told that children must be educated regarding anti-dengue campaign and said that natural, biological and chemical control methods must be used in anti-dengue campaign.