The global incidence of dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, has increased dramatically in the past few decades. This infection leads to a high fever, rash, muscle pain, and joint pain.
One way to combat this is to prevent bites from infected mosquitoes.
During the monsoon season, you can follow these important tips to be safe.
Keep the possible mosquito breeding sites clean
The Aedes mosquito (responsible for dengue fever) breeds in clean, stagnant water. Checking and removing stagnant water can reduce the risk.
To ensure this, turn the bucket and container over and store them under protection to prevent water from pooling.
Remove excess water from plant pot plates and scrub the containers to remove mosquito eggs.
Do not store water for more than a day.
Personal protection against mosquito bites
Use a home repellent with a concentration of at least 10 percent diethyltoluamide (DEET).
Reduce the amount of skin by wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts and socks, tucking the pant legs in shoes or socks, and wearing a hat.
These measures must be observed both inside and outside the house during the day, as the primary mosquito vectors will bite throughout the day.
Keep your home safe and clean
Another way to make sure your home is mosquito free is to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible to prevent the mosquitoes from entering your home. Make sure window and door panes are secure and free of holes.
Regular cleaning can also help reduce mosquito breeding grounds.
So keep your house clean, especially your garden and patio.
Use mosquito nets while you sleep
Even after taking several precautionary measures, there is a chance that mosquitoes could get into the house.
To avoid getting bitten at night, use a mosquito net over your bed.
If you live in a mosquito infested area, this is definitely the place to go.
Nets treated with insecticides are said to be more effective, but if you feel uncomfortable a regular net can work too.