Every year during monsoon season, we face the menace of mosquitoes which come with its onset. Monsoons are always welcome as they bring us pleasant relief from the scorching heat of the summer sun but along with they also bring us the mosquitoes which not only suck our blood, but also give us sleepless nights due to constant bites which produce rash and itching and fever. These little impish creatures keep themselves hidden during the day and show their presence at night everywhere. Every year hospitals throughout the country register millions of cases showing signs of fever due to mosquito bite.
Mosquito bite may result in fever as they are vectors to various diseases like Dengue, Malaria and chikengunia. Fever may sometimes prove to be fatal as consequent to its out break it takes the shape of an epidemic. Therefore it is very important to protect ourselves from dengue or malaria fever by keeping the mosquitoes away.
This can be most effectively done by preventing water to stagnate as this is an appropriate place for them to breed. Water should be removed from articles not in use like our coolers, water tray behind the fridge, flower pots, broken pitchers etc. Ponds and open spaces where water accumulates should be sprinkled with kerosene oil to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.
Insecticides and pesticides should be sprayed in house regularly. Insect repellent creams or sprays or mosquito nets are very effective.
But sprisingly the clever mosquito creeps in the nets also. It has also been found that mosquitoes have become resistant to any insecticide or repellent. They seem to enjoy the perfume of any killer or the sweet air either of a cooler or fan or AC. The best would be to keep all our body parts covered while sleeping with clothes covering our arms and legs so as to make our exposed skin less prone to mosquito bite, as less visible as possible.
The dengue or malaria fever can be effectively averted and restricted if each one of us makes a small effort on our part. Health authorities can use fogging machines to eradicate this menace of mosquitoes. Over head tanks should be covered. Every nook and corner of the house should be kept clean and hygienic surroundings be maintained. Only then we can hope some relief from the increasing mosquito menace.