5 things you can do to mosquito-proof your home
Expect damper days ahead: last week, PAGASA announced the beginning of the rainy season. Factor in the reality that we live in a tropical country, and we have ourselves the recipe for a great mosquito breeding ground. That’s if we aren’t careful, of course.
It’s true that the Philippines has had better luck in recent years with curbing mosquito-related illnesses. Still, there’s a lot of work left to be done. According to reports, dengue cases may be down 46% this year. But this doesn’t take away the fact that the Philippines is the country worst-hit by dengue among Southeast Asian nations.
It’s definitely better to be on the safe side and brush up on ways to mosquito-proof your home. Here are five things to get started with:
Make it a habit to drain and ditch standing water where mosquitos can breed.
Let this be a general rule: dump and drain after it rains.
Mosquitos thrive not only in damp, humid places, but they breed there, too, by laying eggs in stagnant water. It only takes eight to 10 days for an egg to develop into a full-grown mosquito, so taking on this step regularly is a great place to start.
Inspect areas of your home and garden for things that might hold standing water. These include ponds, laundry basins and empty pots in the garden. Make sure you have a good drainage system in place both indoors and outdoors, too, so that even the out-of-sight areas of your home refrain from collecting water.
Spring for an insect zapper.
The electric insect zapper is a handy appliance that can clear a room in a matter of minutes. A no-frills solution, it works by drawing mosquitos and other insects toward itself with a powerful UVA bug light. Then zap, they’re obliterated.
If you aren’t bothered by the unpredictable zapping noises that others consider the only downside to this purchase, then consider the insect zapper as a practical choice for your home.
Shop mosquito-repelling houseplants or essential oils.
Lemon balm, citronella, catnip, basil, marigold and lavender: these are the big six to keep in mind should you be out shopping for houseplants. Of course, some of these are not ideal for tropical weather conditions, so it’s best to consider their equally nifty alternative: get an essential oil with one of these six scents for your at-home diffuser.
Secure vacant electrical sockets with plug-in repellent.
Here’s another low-maintenance solution: an electric anti-dengue plug-in repellent that lasts up to 30 days.
Simply plug this into the socket in whichever room your family is in and leave it to do its work. These devices come with an internal heating system that helps diffuse the liquid repellent to cover 10 square meters. Since it isn’t prone to overheating, it’s an out-of-sight-out-of-mind kind of solution. Though it would be best to unplug when people aren’t in the room (in order to make the most out of the single liquid refill container, too).
Repair or install window and door screens.
Once your space is mosquito-free, the goal is to keep it that way. Do a quick scan of your windows and doors to check whether these have small easy entrance points for mosquitos and other insects.
One long-lasting solution is to secure them with a screen. You can have this either professionally installed or you can opt for removable mesh that’s easily available and shoppable online.
There are plenty of other ways to get ready for rainy days. Another is to make sure you do what you can to avoid getting sick. Tap here for ways to protect yourself during flu season.