Mosquito Lady Consulting in the Caribbean




GRENADA 3/11/2014 – Calabash Grenada has taken a proactive approach to pest control by enlisting the expertise of Trudy Rilling-Collins who is one of the world’s leading experts in providing environmentally responsible mosquito control programs for tropical resorts.

Mrs Rilling-Collins believes that the beautiful and ecologically sensitive marine life that is the life blood of tourism for many areas of the world, is being degraded by the out dated and ineffective chemical based pest management programs currently in use.Mrs Rilling-Collins has worked extensively throughout Asia and has come highly recommended by many five star resorts such as Six Senses and Four Seasons.

The self-acclaimed “Mosquito Lady” will be in residence at the five star Calabash Hotel over the next few days and will be educating the hotel’s work force and introducing methods to eradicate a substantial percentage of the mosquito population on the hotel’s property.

“Our aim is to combine five star service and luxury within a relaxed and intimate atmosphere to create the ultimate Caribbean escape. Mosquitos do make the environment less comfortable as well as presenting a potential hazard for our guests and staff in the form of diseases such as the Chikungunya Virus and Dengue Fever. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is always a very high priority. As ever, a major concern is our impact on the environment and therefore, there is great synergy between Mrs Rilling-Collins methods and what we are trying to achieve.” states Adele Garbutt of the owning family and also one of the resort’s Directors.

All Good Things Come to An End

As I say goodbye to Landaa Giraavaru tomorrow, and the Maldives on Sunday, I can’t help but reflect on the past seven weeks. I was at first stunned by the sheer beauty of these islands. But as I traveled to the various islands in the Baa Atoll and spent time with the islanders, I discovered that it was not the landscape (or seascape) that enchanted me the most – it was the people themselves.  The local people showed up day after day for mosquito  survey,  invited us into their homes for lunch, came out to haul trash in the pouring rain, asked questions and thanked us for our hard work!






Incredible Dedication

As I write this post the team is finishing up work for the night, the time is already after 11pm. Today was our last day of work on the local islands. I think that this speaks volumes of the dedication of this team. We are truly putting in 110% till the very end.Tomorrow we are all hopping on the giant trash boat (dhoni) to pick up all of the trash from our cleanups on Saturday. I have never worked with such an amazing group of young people with such enthusiasm for affecting positive change in the world.

Great Community Support for the Trash Clean Up on Kamadhoo!

Trash Cleanup at Kamadhoo – Saturday, 14 September:


Trash Cleanup at Kamadhoo – Saturday, 14 September:


Trash Cleanup at Kamadhoo – Saturday, 14 September:


Trash Cleanup at Kamadhoo – Saturday, 14 September:


Aerial view of Kamadhoo – 15 September


Atoll view from Kamadhoo, Landaa in the distance – 15 September

Recycling and Sorting Trash at Dhonfanu!

A beautiful day at Dhonfanu.

Many people came together to clean the garbage from the house yards and streets!

We collected 5 and 1/2 jumbo bags of recycling!

And bags, and bags, and bags of trash.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood,

with some of my favorite mosquito control buddies.