Getting Rid of Mosquitoes during Monsoon

Monsoon can be a pleasant and very attractive time for all. Kids love to drench themselves in rain. However, this is also the time when mosquitoes play havoc and make us ill. These are known as one of the world’s most dangerous pests!

The itch mark, bite mark, and the fatal diseases can be a real nuisance and fatal diseases spread by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, and Japanese B encephalitis are the major threats.

Mosquito-borne diseases risk is especially high in humid areas. The peak of mosquito activity normally falls into the summers.

Types of Mosquito

There are thousands of different species of mosquito, but listed below are the most common ones:

Culex

Culex Mosquitoes are transmitters of Japanese B Encephalitis, a very dangerous type of brain fever. They bite at night and rest before and after blood meals. Culex breeds in polluted stagnant water, and is a major pest problem in urban areas and metropolises of India.

Anopheles

The development from egg to adult takes only between 6-10 days. The female lays between 60-150 eggs after a blood meal. Anopheles mosquitoes bites at night and rest indoors and outdoors during the day. Anopheles mosquitoes are transmitters of Malaria.

Aedes Mosquitoes

Aedes mosquitoes are active during the day and they breed in clean water in man-made containers, such as flower vases, and water accumulation in tyres and cans. They spread Chikungunya and Dengue.

Tips to keep mosquitoes away:

  • When outside at dusk or dawn, wear long sleeves, trousers, and footwear to minimize exposed skin.
  • Use mosquito repellent sprays on exposed skin.
  • Use a mosquito repellent lotion on body
  • Use mosquito repelling products or candles when sitting in a park or in the dark
  • Prevent mosquitoes being able to develop in standing water.
  • Make sure the drains are kept clear and running.
  • Cover water butts with a lid.
  • Ensure gutters and water gullies are not blocked.

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