Dengue and chikungunya are only transmitted through the bite of an infected aedes aegypti mosquito which is generally found in and around places where people live. Individuals should therefore ensure that there are no opportunities for mosquitoes to breed in their surroundings. Households, schools, businesses, places of worship and other places where people gather should look for and destroy mosquito breeding sites. This is important for the reduction of the mosquito population, which in turn can stem the spread of vector-borne diseases. Water containers should be kept tightly covered. Vases should be cleaned frequently or filled with soil or sand. Old tyres should be filled with dirt’ Individuals are also advised to punch holes into cans before disposing of them. Drums and water tanks, which have been found to be the main breeding sites for mosquitoes, should be properly covered.