Dengue fever, caused by dengue virus carried by mosquito Aedes aegypti. To prevent dengue fever, spraying or fogging is usually done to prevent Aedes aegypti mosquitoes from breeding. However, prevention also still you should do yourself at home. Here are 5 easy ways you can do to prevent dengue fever.
1. Clean your bathtub once a week
Water is a breeding ground for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes lay eggs on the walls of water-filled tubs, mosquito larvae will then get food from microorganisms that live around it. During this time, the mosquito larvae will release their protective skin and breed until it reaches the last stage. When the mosquito larvae are strong enough, then the larvae will turn into pupa. At the pupa stage, no food is needed. Pupa will only change shape until it becomes a mosquito that is ready to fly.
The entire cycle lasts 8 – 10 days in room temperature. Cleaning your bathtub at least once a week can break the life cycle of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
2. Pay attention to your household furniture that holds water
The basin contains water, flower vases, buckets, and other containers that can hold water potentially into a nesting mosquito. Be diligent to clean those places at least twice a week to reduce the risk of dengue mosquitoes.
3. Use mosquito netting
Mosquito netting is useful to prevent the entry of mosquitoes from outside the home. You can attach these mosquitoes to your doors and windows.
4. Do not pile or hang clothes for too long
Occasionally look at your clothes hanger behind the door. Dirty clothing that accumulate can be a favorite place to get infected mosquitoes. It’s a pile of dirty clothes not a mosquito breed, but a favorite place mosquitoes perch. This is because mosquitoes like the smell of the human body. If you really have to save back the clothes that have been worn, put the clothes in a clean and closed.
5. Use anti-mosquito lotion or mosquito net
When you want to travel, do not forget to use anti-mosquito lotion, especially on the body that is not covered by clothes. But not only when traveling, you still have to protect yourself from mosquito bites while sleeping because of dengue fever mosquito actives at night until dawn.
In addition to using mosquito repellent lotion, using bed nets while sleeping can also help avoid mosquito bites and prevent dengue fever.