By Steve Thomas

Observer Nevis Editor

(St. Kitts – Nevis) – A shortage of mosquito insecticide is easing as manufacturers of two popular brands are working to get more of their products to the Federation.

A newly-arrived shipment of BOP is heading for store shelves, according to its maker.

The manufacturer of BOP Insecticide is McBride Caribbean Ltd., located on Barbados. In Sept. 2007, McBride’s manufacturing plant was severely damaged by a fire and they ceased making BOP and other products.

The company found a way to carry on, according to McBride general manager Andrew Hassell.

“We’re getting the contract fulfilled in Europe,” he said.

McBride sent a quality control supervisor to Europe the check the first batch of BOP, he said. The only difference consumers will see is that the label will say “Manufactured in the EU” instead of “Manufactured in Barbados,” Mr. Hassell said.

“I don’t foresee any more shortages,” he said.

The insecticide will not be produced in Europe indefinitely.

“We are in the process of rebuilding in Barbados,” he said.

McBride is a subsidiary of Goddard Enterprises Limited, with operations in the Caribbean, Central and South America.

The manufacturer of another popular insecticide brand, Baygon, is working on the problem, also, according to a spokesperson.

SC Johnson, headquartered in the United States, makes Baygon.

“We understand that there has been a shortage of Baygon insecticides on the ground. We have moved quickly to ensure that all consumers seeking expert protection from the Baygon brand can have it. A fresh inventory of Baygon products is being distributed right now and people should find these at retailer shelves very shortly. SC Johnson is grateful for the loyalty that local consumers have demonstrated to our Baygon insecticides,” Kelly Semrau, SC Johnson spokesperson, said in a statement.

Here are a few tips to help fight mosquitoes:

-Empty standing water in old tires, cemetery urns, buckets, plastic covers, toys, etc

-Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week if not more often.

-Drain or fill temporary pools with dirt.

-Keep swimming pools treated and circulating and rain gutters unclogged.

-Use mosquito repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely.

-Use head nets, long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations.

-Make sure window and door screens are “bug tight.”