Cases of Dengue and Chikungunya are on the rise, not just in Delhi NCR but across the country. Both of these are spread with the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Though the monsoon season provides great relief from the scorching heat of the summer sun, it does also leave behind puddles and stagnant water, the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.Here are 5 effective tips on how to keep mosquitoes away, and thus protect yourself and your family from diseases like Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya:
1. Neem Oil
It is an effective mosquito repellent. Use a few drops in your infuser to get it to spread across the room. It can also be mixed with coconut oil and applied all over your body to prevent insect bites.
2. Ajwain Seeds
Ajwain seeds should be combined with mustard oil and applied on cardboard pieces which can be placed in strategic positions in your house to ward off mosquitoes. It also releases a wonderful aroma, unlike the fumes released from coils.
3. Mosquito Repellent Plants
Plants like feverfew, citronella, catnip and lavender have mosquito repellent properties. Keep them in various places around the house and keep your home disease-free.
4. Check on Stagnant Water
Stagnant water is the breeding ground for mosquitoes, as everyone knows. Make sure your home and surrounding areas do not have any blocked drains or areas where water collects. A common mistake is leaving water inside an unused air cooler. Drain it immediately.
5. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil can be mixed with citronella and eucalyptus oils and then sprayed to repel mosquitoes. Reapply after a few hours as the effect may wear off.
As the popular saying goes, prevention is the cure, you need to be strict about it. Keep a constant eye and protect yourself and your family from severe diseases.