Mosquitoes are not just a nuisance but also cause diseases like Dengue. With the monsoon upon us, it is time to be extra cautious and make sure mosquitoes don’t breed in your home. All you need is simple, easy, little precautions to avoid being hit by diseases carried by mosquitoes.
These tips will help you stay safe from the onslaught of mosquitoes this monsoon!
Do Not Allow Standing Water
Standing water must be eliminated after you have washed the car or your driveway and the area must be mopped dry. If you have any buckets in the garden, make sure they do not collect excess water and are turned upside down and stored in a shelter.
Water collected after car washing in the driveway
Clear Air Coolers Of Standing Water
Water coolers are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Add a few drops of essential oil of eucalyptus or lemongrass to the cooler water and clean cooler tray to keep mosquitoes at bay. Change the water regularly and keep the cooler dry when not in use.
Cover Trash Cans
Trash cans for different kinds of waste should be separate and wet trash must be disposed off on a daily basis and kept covered at all times with a lid. Wet kitchen waste is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, prevent this by keeping waste covered and clear regularly.
Grow Plants with Natural Mosquito Repellant Properties
Plants like Tulsi and Marigold are very effective in keeping the mosquitoes at bay, as their scent acts as a natural repellant for the mosquitoes. Although marigolds need a lot of sunlight, you can place a potted marigold inside your home in the evening. Rosemary is also a very good mosquito repellant and can be planted in a kitchen garden due to its several health benefits and taste enhancing qualities.
Plants with natural mosquito repellent qualities
Alternative Natural Mosquito Repellent
Burning camphor or placing it in a room in a steel bowl deters mosquitoes. This is a good alternative to mosquito coils that are poisonous and harmful. Keep doors and windows closed while camphor is burning and let it do its work.
Burning camphor helps kill mosquitoes
Use Mosquito Nets
Install mosquito nets around your bed to keep these pesky insects away at night. These nets are available in different designs and colors that also add aesthetic value to the room.
A pretty mosquito net in a bedroom
Keep Doors Closed
As the evening approaches, the best way to keep mosquitoes away is to keep the doors of your home closed. You can also install doors with wire mesh that allows ventilation but does not let mosquitoes pass through.
Keep doors closed or get ones with wire mesh
Unclog Gutters and Drains
Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely. If ditches have not been cleared water starts to stagnate and can be a breeding ground for these mosquitoes. Get rid of anything that may be blocking the flow of water inside a gutter or drain. Also make sure that they are also covered at all times.
Allow free flow of water to avoid mosquito breeding
Take these small steps today to prevent mosquito borne diseases from entering your home.