As soon as the monsoon season starts, we all start to worry about the mosquitoes, especially the dengue-causing one, Aedes aegypti. Sometimes a single bite can turn fatal. Characterized by fever, muscle pain, body aches, weakness, dengue recovery is not easy. However, there are ways you can stay protected. Here is a handy guide to prevent problems:
Wear full-sleeved clothing
Since your hands and legs are an easy target for the mosquitoes to bite you, the simplest way to safeguard yourself is to wear loose, full-sleeved clothing.
Remove standing water
The biggest cause for mosquitoes and germs to breed during the rainy season is when the water starts to collect, allowing them to lay eggs. So, a good preventive step would be to clean out plants, buckets and any such surface where water can stand. Also, do not over water plants where dengue mosquitoes can breed.
Plant mosquito repelling plants
A good way to repel the mosquitoes would be by keeping special dengue preventing plants. Tulsi plants, citronella, lemongrass would be some good options to consider.
Rely on home remedies
Certain ingredients found in the kitchen can act as the first line of defense in case of emergencies. A good home remedy to stay protected this dengue season is to light camphor, which is a natural mosquito repellent. Carom seeds, mixed with mustard oil can also be applied to surfaces to prevent mosquitoes from entering. Other essential oils like neem oil, lavender oil, and eucalyptus oil can also help.
Keep dustbins clean and covered
Dustbins and bowls covered in germs attract mosquitoes and they make you vulnerable to catching an infection. Also, regularly clean the corners of your house and places around your garden area.
Use mosquito repellents
Regularly using mosquito repellent sprays and creams that mask the smell can also keep mosquitoes from biting you. Whether you are sitting inside the house or stepping out, apply a good layer of these medicinal sprays onto the skin to stay safe. For kids going out to play, make sure you follow this step religiously. Mosquito patches can also be used.
Have immuno boosting supplements
If your immunity is strong, there are low chances of you succumbing to any illness. So have a healthy diet and you can also consider having immunity-boosting supplements.
Keep windows and doors closed
It is believed that mosquitoes breed and attack victims during the late day light. As much as you would like to let the sunshine enter the house, it is also a possible entry spot for dengue mosquitoes. During the peak season, it is a good idea to keep doors and windows shut. You can also install meshes and nets for added protection.