5 Ways to Prevent Mosquitoes and Dengue

According to NEA Singapore, Dengue Fever and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (a more severe form) are the most common mosquito-borne viral diseases in the world. Dengue Fever is an illness caused by infection with a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. There are four serotypes of this virus (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4) which can infect you.

Dengue Fever is spread though the bite of the Aedes Mosquito.

Here are the top 5 ways to stop these bugs from attacking your loved ones.

1. Get rid of all stagnant water

To ensure that you don’t live with mosquitoes, you have to eradicate their breeding habitat which is to clear off any form of stagnant water in the house. For example….

Keep kitchen and bathroom dry. These are the areas of the house where the house is most damp. Check the bottom of your refrigerator, empty out the cooler if you’re using one, clean out dish rack tray, mop the floor, cover toilet bowls and trash bins, throw away wet and smelly kitchen waste at all times.

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  1. The kitchen should be kept clean and dry at all times.
      • Turn containers over or cover them. Do not let empty pails, buckets, basins, and watering cans collect water so it’s best to turn them over when not in use or completely cover them.
      • Do not overwater plants and drain the water in flower pots. If possible, avoid using plant pots. Also, scrub them thoroughly to remove mosquito eggs.
      • Clean out vases that have flowers or plants. Mozzies will have a grand time breeding in there. Change water every other day and wash the roots of the flower or plant to get rid of mosquito eggs.

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    Replace water in flower vases every other day to ensure mosquitoes do not breed in there. Photo source

      • Cover bamboo poles when not in use. Those HDB pole holders are also possible breeding ground for these dengue-carrying insects.
      • Empty bottles that collect rainwater should go to the trash. Again, potential happy place for mosquitoes.

    2. Ensure your window and door screens do not have holes.

    Yes we know Singapore weather is hot and thus any form of cool breeze is most welcome, Take note – mosquitoes might find their way through broken screens and open doors.

     

    As much as possible, keep doors and windows closed to prevent entry of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

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    3. Apply mosquito repellant.

    Repellants provide protection by reducing your chances of getting bitten by a mosquito. Check here for guidelines and safety precautions by our government agency.

    4. Apply household pesticide to dark corners of the house that are potential resting ground for mosquitoes.

    Use household pesticide when your neighbourhood has been declared a dengue cluster. Read here for more information on applying household pesticide.

    5. Consider sleeping under a mosquito bed net.

    Ensure you are safe from mosquito bites even when you hit the sack.

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