Just today, the Straits Times reported that the Zika virus is here to stay. Our Senior Minister of State for Health, Amy Khor, was quoted saying, “We do expect that we will continue to have Zika virus cases over time, just like dengue.”
For the benefit of those who aren’t familiar with the dangers of symptoms of Zika, this virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Symptoms of Zika usually develop within 3 to 12 days of the mosquito bite, which generally include an itchy rash, a fever, body aches, headaches, red eyes and the occasional nauseousness and vomiting. While it doesn’t pose a menacing death threat like its cousin Dengue, the Zika virus is especially harmful towards unborn babies. Pregnant women who have contracted this infection have high risks of delivering babies with microcephaly, a birth defect where the baby has an abnormally small head, a sloping forehead and a damaged brain. Unfortunately, no proven cure has been discovered so far.
The Zika virus is not a joke to be taken lightly. The least you can do is to take serious prevention measures against all mosquitoes, and it starts at home.
Close Your Windows
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That’s the first thing you should do. Don’t give mosquitoes a warm welcome into your home by leaving your windows open – because that’s how it all starts. And if you’re worried that it’ll get too stuffy with the windows shut, get an extra fan or install an aircond to keep everyone comfortable and happy. And if you must leave certain windows open, fix up mosquito nettings. It’ll make life a little harder for those pesky mosquitoes from entering.
Remove Stagnant Water
Aedes mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Clogged drains, empty flower pots, pet water bowls or containers that collect water should be drained and dried.
Use Natural Methods To Keep Your Home Mosquito-Free
Use natural ingredients like camphor, eucalyptus leaves, garlic and lavender to prevent mosquitoes from staying in your home. These natural items emanate strong odours that will keep the mosquitoes at bay. Mint and lavender oil actually do more than prevent mosquitoes – they also keep your home smelling fresh and amazing.
Use Mosquito Repellents
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This is a very important step. Use the mosquito repellent both indoors and outdoors. You always need to protect yourself because you never know when and where those pesky insects will attack you, so defending yourself against them is crucial.
Spray Your House
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Sprays like Ridsect or Shieldtox will kill those mosquitoes immediately, so always have one handy. Spray the outside of the house right before you exit or enter to clear out any hidden mosquitoes. It might not be the best smell in the world, but it is a good way to kill these pests and prevent the Zika virus from spreading in your home.
Wear Long-Sleeved Attire
To avoid getting infected by Zika, wear long-sleeved clothing to guard your body and slather all other exposed parts with mosquito repellent. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Design Your Own Mosquito Trap
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A DIY plastic bottle trap might help catch these mosquitoes. For ingredients, you will need :
- 1 2-litre plastic bottle
- 1 marker pen
- 1 box cutter
- 1 tape measure
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- 1 gram yeast
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1 measuring cup
- Cut the bottle in half.
- Measure the ¼ cup of brown sugar.
- Heat up the hot water.
- Pour the hot water and sugar into the bottom half of the bottle.
- Allow mixture to cool.
- Add the yeast.
- Place top half of the cut bottle with the nozzle side down.
- Secure it with tape.
Whatever you do, don’t give the mosquitoes a chance to breed in your home. And if you need some help with the aircond installation or inspection, submit a request for aircond service contractors on Kaodim so you and your household can dwell in comfort and safety. Stay safe, everyone!
written by Tashya Viknesh & Carissa Gan