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How to Prevent Deadly Mosquito-Borne Diseases

A glorious monsoon day is an open invitation to mosquitoes. Sure, the weather is glorious but it comes at a great cost - constant swatting, slapping, and scratching from mosquito bites. And of course, there are always mosquitoes spread diseases to think about, with the likes of malaria, dengue, Chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika fever competing for the podium. Of which Quite a few of them have no known cure, which makes them all the more dangerous.

Prevention is better than cure but in this case, prevention is better because there is no cure for a few of these diseases. Follow these handy tips to keep the apple of your eyes healthy and heart

Time your outings

Mosquitoes are at their hungriest at dusk and dawn. Keep your tiny humans inside the house at these times, so that they don’t become the feast for the mosquitoes. Prefer staying in unless absolutely necessary.


Wear light colours, preferably white and pastels because mosquitoes are easily attracted to dark colours. Bright colours make you less attractive to these insects. Also, make sure that you wear pants and full sleeved shirts when going out. This is done to make sure that a minimum surface area of your skin is exposed.

Avoid flowery perfumes

Mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of flowers because they feed from their nectar. And if you smell like a flower, they are going to cover your body in bites. Try a different scent and if at all possible, do not wear any perfume when going out.

Home safety

Check each and every door and window in your home and get cracks fixed and broken glasses replaced. Better still add screens to them so that you can open your doors and windows to enjoy a cool breeze without having to worry about insects.

Garden safety

Still water is the perfect place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. You can reduce their breeding by not doing anything except getting rid of stagnant water from any dug up holes in your garden, empty pots, buckets under bushes or stairs and even old unused tires. If you have a fountain, make sure you add chlorine to it. 

Marigold flowers

Now this one might take a little time, but it’s worth it. Planting flowers like marigolds in your garden and especially near your front door is a great way to get rid of insects. This is because their smell is unbearable to all sorts of insects. This is why experienced gardeners use them in vegetable gardens to deter other insects. Other plants include – Lemon balm, Tulsi, Citronella grass and lavender.


Do not forget to get your gutters clean. We seldom give much importance to them, so make sure all the trash, leaves and polythene bags are removed from there so that there is no clogging. All the dirty water will flow directly into the main sewage line, thus not letting mosquitoes breed on still water.

Parents can never be too sure when it comes to these pesky mosquitoes and the complimentary mosquito-borne diseases. Get Smart -start Preventing so your tiny tots don’t have to be cured.

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