Mosquito spot check

200812041153.jpgWe had a really late night, and the only remedy was for a later wake up but that plan was thwarted by the door bell ringing and the dog barking.

I threw on some clothes and went to answer the door, then I took off my t-shirt, put it on the right way round and opened the door to find two uniformed gentlemen telling me they were from the NEA and that they were doing a mosquito spot check and sorry to wake me up.

I said my mosquitoes are doing well, thank you, how come no one called beforehand this is so inconvenient and disruptive?

This is a spot check sir, we don’t call beforehand, this will only take five minutes, so sorry.

So they came into the house, and with their expert vision, scanned the living room, kitchen and laundry and told me, “it looks ok, thank you”.

They didn’t give me any stickers or certificates that say my mosquitoes passed the test, so I suppose it’s like random breath testing – if you have mozzies, you fail and don’t deserve to live kinda thing so this intrusion is totally justified.

So I don’t know when the next mosquito spot check will be, and we’re all on our toes here – us and the mozzies.

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7 thoughts on “Mosquito spot check”

  1. My wife got one too. If they find you are breeding mosquitoes, they will fine you.

    I wonder if we can don't let them in. After all, they don't have search warrant or something like that. It is invasion of privacy.

  2. Hi there. Yes. You can don't let them in. You shouldn't, cuz they will jump at any opportunity to fine you. Our home kenna before, after that we juz warn the maid not to let those ppl in anymore. Told her to say, 'sorry mum and sir not around cannot let strangers in'.

  3. “I said my mosquitoes are doing well, thank you.”

    ha ha, that is hilarious! I wonder if those poor guys from NEA had any idea they were being gently wound up.

    Anyways, I didn't know you guys were preggers.. that would explain the case of the cranks. Congratulations, y'all!

  4. Wow, it IS hilarious to make fun of blue-collared workers doing an extremely important job of trying to reduce potentially fatal infections.

    It's precisely the people who complain like this being an invasion of privacy, or wasting 5 whole minutes of your life, who will also bitch about why nothing seems to be done to reduce infection rates when they go up. Considering you have a baby on the way, I would think you would WANT to make sure your house isn't breeding mozzies.

    “You shouldn't, cuz they will jump at any opportunity to fine you”?? You either are breeding mozzies, or you aren't. If you are, then you get a fine. If you aren't, then you won't. I don't see how “they” could jump at any opportunity to fine you.

    I've always wondered how come a generally urban and small country like Singapore could have such high vector-borne virus infections, and it seems the answer lies in people's attitudes. Way to go.

  5. Someone with a uniform lookalike attire and a NEA pass which can be easily forged comes to your door and asks to check your house.

    Should you? Is it real? No official police warrant nor any written notice given beforehand. Calling NEA to check results in “we'll call you back”.

    While we should be playing a part in mosquito prevention, the whole affair looked skimpy and could even be dangerous. I think we should be more concerned about our own safety before letting anyone into our houses.

  6. Someone with a uniform lookalike attire and a NEA pass which can be easily forged comes to your door and asks to check your house.

    Should you? Is it real? No official police warrant nor any written notice given beforehand. Calling NEA to check results in “we'll call you back”.

    While we should be playing a part in mosquito prevention, the whole affair looked skimpy and could even be dangerous. I think we should be more concerned about our own safety before letting anyone into our houses.

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