Mosquitoes are a long standing problem for Malaysians, transmitting dengue fever or the zika virus. Here’s some ways to keep your family safe from these flying menaces.
Clear out standing water
Ensure that there’s no standing, or stagnant, water around. Anything that can collect water from toys to garbage in open cans to even bottle caps, can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If you have a swimming pool, make sure it is properly chlorinated and the filter working, so that mosquitoes will ignore it.
Make natural repellents
Some plants naturally keep mosquitoes away, but they usually don’t release the chemicals until they are cut or broken. Plants like citronella, rosemary, lavender, catnip and marigolds are some of them, so you can try chopping them up and putting them into small dishes around your home.
Repeatedly apply repellent
A lotion or spray (preferably environmentally friendly) is highly recommended as a way to dissuade mosquitoes. Lemon oil, lavender or eucalyptus are also options to use. Depending on the formula, your repellent effectiveness will wear out after a few hours, so you might have to keep applying it. Remember to apply on children too.
Cover/clean your feet
Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat and bacteria, and toes can be juicy targets.
Change the way you dress
Try to opt for lightweight, light-coloured clothes that also hide your arms and legs. Mosquitoes love darker colours like black or navy.
Avoid eating outdoors
Mosquitoes are typically active at night, though the ones carrying the Zika virus are more active in the day. Being indoors would be the best way to avoid getting bitten.
Spray the day before
If you are having an outdoor event, then spraying insecticide at the area of your event at least 24 hours prior is highly recommended.
Use a mosquito net
If spraying insecticide is not to your taste, setting up a screen or net for your outdoor area is also possible. You would also avoid accidentally spraying insecticide on things like food. Netting would also keep out other insects like bees or flies.
Hire professional pest management
Should you feel the situation is getting out of hand, then just call us at Ridpest! Our trained technicians will inspect the area carefully to ensure no mosquito breeding grounds. Using our Ridmozzie spray, all plants will become lethal to mosquitoes, keeping your family and home safe. You can also opt for Mozztech Mosquito Trap, no spraying required! Just follow the simple instructions with the provided manual.
Call us now at our toll-free number 1800 88 1777 and get a free quote and pest identification service today.