As glad as we are about the respite the rains bring us from the terrible heat, there is no getting away from the pesky mosquitoes.
Being surrounded by mosquitoes can be irritating and troublesome, not just because of their buzz, but also because of mosquito bites.
What makes mosquitoes even more harmful are the bacteria, viruses and parasites they transmit, thereby causing diseases.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mosquito bites result in more than one million deaths every year, malaria being one of the major causes of death.
With the outbreak of life-threatening diseases like Zika Fever, Elephantiasis and more, it is necessary to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Here are 5 simple ways to the mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, at bay:
How to Keep Mosquitoes at Away
1. Avoid stagnant water
Pools of water make the perfect breeding grounds for all kinds of mosquitoes.
This monsoon, make sure there’s no standing water anywhere, be it on toys left out on the lawn, plates under your flower pots or garbage in an open can.
A foolproof way to avoid stagnant water is by drilling holes in the bottom of garbage bins or any other outdoor containers.
Water bodies like pools need to be properly treated with chlorine.
2. Fumigate at least once every monsoon
It is a great practice to get a professional exterminator to conduct a thorough inspection inside and outside the house and clean out areas such as gutters, which can collect water and become a prime breeding spot.
Besides proper fumigation, another practise that you can add to your daily routine is using mosquito repellent floor cleaners for squeaky clean floors all-round protection.
3. Regular maintenance of doors
As much as we would love to enjoy the fresh air and cool monsoon breeze by keeping our doors and windows open, that acts as an open invitation for disease-carrying mosquitoes to invade our homes.
You can still enjoy the fresh air while keeping the mosquitoes outside by installing mesh doors and window screens that you can keep shut at all times.
A size 16-18 mesh is ideal.
4. Keep your feet covered
Mosquitoes love sweat and bacteria, making your feet a sweet spot and prime target, especially for Aedes aegypti, the Zika virus carrier.
This monsoon, make sure your wardrobe is equipped with rain boots that keep your feet dry and protected!
5. Apply repellant and repeat!
Besides all the precaution measures we listed down, it is always a good idea to keep a mosquito repellent handy at all times.
A mosquito repellent lotion or spray that is DEET free and contains natural ingredients like Citronella essence oil, lemon extract, eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil, is your best bet for keeping your family safe from mosquitoes AND avoiding any side effects.