Dengue cases are on the rise again. Protect your loved ones from falling victim to dengue fever by following these tips.
1. Get rid of all sources of stagnant water. To ensure that you don't live with mosquitoes, you have to eradicate their breeding habitat. And their fave place? Stagnant water, which is their top breeding spot.
- Keep kitchen and bathroom dry. These are the usually damp areas of the house. Inspect 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 kitchen waste.
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.
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. Cool breeze is most welcome in your home, but not mosquitoes. Repair broken screens and keep doors closed to prevent their entry.
As much as possible, keep doors and windows closed to prevent entry of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
3. Apply mosquito repellant. Repellants offer added protection by reducing your chances of getting bitten by a mosquito. Check here for guidelines and safety precautions.
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 bed net. Ensure you are safe from mosquito bites even when you hit the sack.
6. Involve the whole family in the fight against dengue fever. It's better if they are also armed with knowledge on how to prevent this dreaded disease from getting into your home. Here's a checklist from NEA for a mozzie-free home that you can print for them:
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