Dengue and Malaria situation in Pakistan

Pakistan observing a massive increase in dengue cases. Circumventing getting nibbled by mosquitos is essential for now. Additional mosquito-borne sicknesses including malaria and yellow fever are highly lethal too and many people are affected by them.

There are the top suggestions that can help you to keep yourself and your home safe from mosquitoes.

1. Dump out any standing water near your home

Mosquitos can breed in just 14 days in a minute amount of water in an old flower pot, a rain gutter, or a bird bath. If you do have a pond, add some mosquito-eating fish like guppies, minnows, or mosquito fish, add a waterfall or fountain to keep the water moving, or treat it with a natural bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis. The bacteria kill mosquito larvae but are harmless to people, plants, and pets.

2. Keep mosquitoes outside

Use screens on the windows or air conditioning to keep mosquitos from slipping in a window. Or if you don’t have screens, consider getting a fine mosquito net to hang over your bed or crib. Some mosquito nets, like the Pramex brand, are treated with a time-release insecticide, making them the ideal choice.

3. Use mosquito repellent

The most effective chemical repellents contain DEET, picaridin, PMD, or IR3535 insecticide, which are all considered safe when used as directed, says Natasha Bhuyan, an MD in Phoenix. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says they’re safe for pregnant and nursing women, as well as babies over two months, though you want lower concentrations of DEET for children.

Just watch out for skin irritation and avoid spraying chemicals around the eyes or mouth. Experts say to concentrate the repellant on your ankles, feet, lower legs, and wrists thin-skinned spots mosquitoes love to bite.

4. Wear light-colored clothing, especially outdoors

Apparently, deep colors — like black, deep blue, and red — stand out so they attract bugs. Thicker fabrics and looser fits offer more protection than thin clothing that fits tightly.

5. Stay indoors during dusk and dawn

While mosquitoes can bite at any time of day, it’s wise to limit your exposure during their prime feeding times. If you can’t avoid being outdoors at these times of day, be sure to take some other precautions.

6. Make yourself less appealing

Scientists are still studying why some people get more mosquito bites than others. While people with type O blood which is a mosquito favorite in one study. You cannot change it. but they can try wearing a scent that mosquitoes dislike. Researchers at New Mexico State University found Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume effectively reduced mosquito bites for two hours or even more time.

7. Try a natural repellent

The oil of lemon eucalyptus comes from a particular eucalyptus tree (corymbia citriodora or eucalyptus citriodora) from Australia. The synthetic version, which is endorsed by the CDC as a repellent, is available under brand names including Repel, Bug Shield, and Cutter. Studies show it offers similar protection to products containing low concentrations of DEET. though it’s not approved for use in children under three.

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