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Formentera moves forward natural mosquito treatment and increases frequency

foto control moscardsThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that pest control operations will begin today, targeting mosquitos and insects in the Chironomidae family at Estany Pudent, Estany des Peix and the Can Marroig salterns — all areas of fresh water concentration ideal for mosquito larvae.

Environment conseller Antonio J Sanz said that heavy spring showers and an abundance of stagnant water puddles —mosquitos’ preferred habitat— were behind the decision not only to start treatment a week ahead of schedule, but to expand operations from twice to four times weekly. Two workers are expected to put in 32 days of work between April and October.

The anti-mosquito, anti-chironomid treatment is preventive, zeroing in on larvae using Bacillus thuringiensis Israeliensis, which acts on them directly. A natural insecticide generated by bacteria, the agent triggers production of protein crystals which, when ingested by mosquito larvae and insects, rupture cells in the gastric epithelium, causing death before pests can reach maturity.

The environment chief offered a series of things islanders could around the house to prevent mosquito hotspots from forming: “Watch out for containers where stagnant water might accumulate, maintain recommended chlorine levels in swimming pools and sinks and place moquito nets over wells and cisterns”. People can also make sure water doesn’t accumulate in plant pots and drainage plates, he said, plus change animals’ drinking water every two to three days and, in general, try to prevent puddles of stagnant water from forming.

The natural mosquito and chironomid treatment has a price-tag of €33,909.56 and is being overseen by public company Tragsa.

Last Friday crews began implementing a €12,100 plan to control cockroaches in the main towns of the island.


27 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell begins roach control operations in island towns

foto anti paneres-cuquesThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that today will mark the start of cockroach control operations in the main towns and municipal buildings on the island.

A pest control company handles application of the periodic treatment, which is increased as necessary based on cockroach population numbers. Certified products used by the company are applied to the sewerage system and in municipal facilities.

24 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Local Police continue controls at local construction sites

foto 2020 inspeccions PLFThe Formentera Local Police are carrying out patrols in coordination with the island’s Civil Guard officers to ensure safety measures are obeyed at construction sites. The inspection plan was developed by the Balearic Office of Workplace Health and Safety (IBASSAL), a division of the regional labour ministry.

In 48 hours, ten sites have received visits from FLP officers, and patrols are set to continue in the days ahead. The officers issue reports and forward them on for processing by IBASSAL, which will contact sites where it considers safety improvements can be made. The aim of the operation is to minimise risk of coronavirus exposure and safeguard the health of workers and islanders.

Construction firms are required to adopt preventive measures involving worker health and travel and still others for outside personnel called to intervene on site. Post-inspection reports are detail measures to be followed like maintaining safe distance, taking particular care cleaning tools and machinery and using appropriate safety equipment, among others.

Ensuring confinement compliance

Law enforcement are still engaged in controls in towns and outdoors and on local roads and highways to ensure compliance with confinement orders. From the start of confinement to yesterday, 80 tickets were issued to Formentera residents found in breach of restrictions. Interior conseller Josep Marí reminded islanders that confinement rules remain in effect and must be respected, encouraging residents to leave home only when absolutely necessary and in cases permitted by emergency orders.


23 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell backs revival of “ADN” comic, 20 years in the making

foto 2020 ADNThe Formentera Departments of Culture and Language Policies are supporting publication of the fanzine ADN, the first comic in the Balearic Islands and from today, a returning feature on bookstore shelves on Formentera and in participating Eivissa locations.

In commemoration of Sant Jordi Day, Col·lectiu ADN and Espai F are unveiling the first in what they are calling a new era for the comic. A product of the digital revolution, today’s issue comes with the notable addition, for the first time in the comic’s history, of colour. The Consell covered layout costs and purchased fifty copies which will be kept at local libraries and be donated to the island’s primary and secondary schools.

The issue offers up collaborations in varying genres, especially comic, but readers will also find short narrations, illustrations, poetry, critical review and history. In addition to new talent like Guillem Marí, Joan Escandell, Lluís Ferrer Ferrer, Paula Tikas, Jan Ribas, Pilar Mena, Xico Mayans and Cecília Lemoine on the comic’s 16-strong team of collaborators, veteran followers will find that other faces —Juan Moreno, Vicent Ferrer, Jordi Soldevila, Joan Torres, Neus Costa, Santiago Colomar, Joan Francesc Ferrer and Alfredo Boto— are familiar.

Col·lectiu ADN was the name used to promote a motley crew of illustrators, screenwriters, poets, painters and other artisans whose efforts stretched from 1985 into present day. The artists and writers—mostly from Formentera, though some hailed from Barcelona, Eivissa and places outside Spain—published their efforts in two fanzines: ADN and Cosmos Factory.

First Catalan-language comics in the Balearics
In the 1980s, Col·lectiu ADN’s publications appeared amid Spain’s comic boom and the subsequent rise of fanzines. A fanzine itself, Catalan-language ADN was a regional forerunner, even predating the 1986 adoption of Balearic legislation to normalise Catalan’s place in society.

Frequent contributors were Juan Moreno, Pep Morna, Vicent Escandell and Vicent Ferrer, though ADN and Cosmos Factory had other help as well. Vicent Roig-Francolí, Juanjo Sarto, Luis Alberto Maldonado, Alfredo Boto, Georges Bess, Enric Riera, Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” and Joan Marí de la Fuente are just some of the creators who, along with Juan Moreno, would ultimately earn recognition outside Formentera and cultivate celebrated careers in painting, illustration, literature and communication.

In commemoration of the group’s thirty-year anniversary, five years ago, the local Department of Culture reprinted a 400-plus-page volume containing the 11 issues of ADN and Cosmos Factory that Col·lectiu ADN put out between 1985 to 1998. More than the occasion for the group’s members to catch up, the publication would be the driving impulse behind ADN’s return.


23 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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