Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites
Mosquitoes that transmit dengue breed in stagnant water. Regularly inspect your surroundings and remove any potential breeding grounds, such as empty containers, flower pots, discarded tires, and blocked gutters. Ensure that water does not accumulate in these areas.
Use Mosquito Repellents
Apply mosquito repellent on exposed skin, especially during the daytime when Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit dengue, are most active. Use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus for effective protection.
Wear Protective Clothing
Cover your skin with long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes, particularly during peak mosquito activity hours (dawn and dusk).
Install Window and Door Screens
Use window and door screens with fine mesh to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Repair any tears or gaps in the screens to maintain their effectiveness.
Use Mosquito Nets
If you sleep in areas without window screens or air conditioning, use mosquito nets to protect yourself from mosquito bites while sleeping.
Stay Indoors During Outbreaks
If there is a dengue fever outbreak in your area, try to stay indoors as much as possible, especially during peak mosquito activity hours, to reduce your risk of exposure.
Support Community Efforts
Participate in community-based mosquito control efforts, such as clearing stagnant water and educating others about the importance of dengue prevention. Collaborative efforts can have a significant impact on reducing the mosquito population and preventing dengue transmission.
Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.