Ways On How to Control And Avoid Mosquitoes.
What Are Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are slender long-legged fly with aquatic larvae. The bite of the bloodsucking female can transmit a number of serious diseases including malaria and elephantiasis.
In the world today there is a popular saying that ‘If there were no mosquitoes, there would be no malaria’.
This is true because mosquitoes are blood feeders. If they happen to bite an individual, harboring some malaria parasites, they suck up these micro-organisms together with their blood meal. Inside the stomach of the mosquito, the parasites develop to the infective stage. When the same mosquito, in search of blood, bites a healthy person, it transfers these parasites into the new host. This individual then develops malaria. If we can control mosquitoes, then we can control malaria.
But can we control or get rid of Mosquitoes??
Of course, we can, if only we would approach the problem with a sense of responsibility.
How To Control Mosquitoes To Avoid Malaria
- We can control mosquitoes if every citizen in malaria-infected countries, sees to it that there is no stagnant water around his or her home.
- We can control mosquitoes if every citizen can make use of modern toilet facilities and stops the indiscriminate pollution of our environment with urine and feces.
- We can control mosquitoes if every citizen obeys the rules of simple hygiene: washing the hands after going to the toilet, keeping the home and its surroundings clean, and also eliminating houseflies by burning or burying the organic waste matter.
- We can control malaria if everyone stops contaminating our water resources.
- We can control malaria if everyone starts reporting cases of infection immediately to the nearest hospital for proper diagnosis and effective treatment.
Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites
1. Wear light coloured clothing
If you really don’t like the idea of using chemical-filled bug repellants then wear light
2. Use a Bug Repellant
The clue is in the name of the area. It’s the tropics so make sure to use a bug repellant at all times when venturing outside. Just like sunscreen, bug repellant should be automatically applied in the morning and re-applied several times during the day. You can get heaps of different brands for all skin types and situations, although Australians swear by Bushmans. This is definitely a necessity so pick up a can of bug / mosquito repellant at the pharmacy. Make sure you get one with DEET as an ingredient but don’t apply it on broken skin and be sure to wash it off when you don’t need it.
3. Wear light colored clothing
If you really don’t like the idea of using chemical-filled bug repellants then wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors like blue and black. To avoid extra mosquito bites make sure to wear light colors like white and khaki. Not only will they help deter the mosquitoes but they will also help you feel cooler by reflecting sunlight.
4. Take Vitamin B1
The non-smelly alternative to garlic gloves. Take a Vitamin B1 tablet regularly. Vitamin B1 gives off an odour that we can’t detect, but it does repel mosquitoes, gnats and other biting insects.
Malaria is a simple but disgusting
If you wish to avoid and control malaria, I would strongly advise you to follow up the above-listed ways on how to control/avoid mosquitoes in your environment.