Well, do you have kids at home? Then giving them ample protection from mosquitoes becomes an absolute necessity. A lot of illnesses thrive on account of day time mosquitoes. They are malaria, dengue, chikungunya, etc. But these kinds of mosquito borne diseases are preventable with a few precautionary measures which you can take from your side. Here is a small guide on how to protect children from mosquitoes.
1. Keep your home and surroundings clean
Murky or stagnant water is a major breeding ground for mosquitoes. This is the main reason why you need to keep water drums and buckets covered at all times. Try not to leave water in air coolers, flower pots, dispensers and other containers for too long. It takes approximately 7-10 days for mosquitoes to hatch their eggs. Add a few drops of kerosene oil to open drains, small ponds and wash area where water tends to stagnate. The oil forms a thin film over water and prevents mosquitoes from breeding.
2. Wear an appropriate dress
Dark clothes attract insects. Hence, if you want to protect your kids or children from mosquitoes and other dangerous insects, keep them draped in light colored clothing. Prefer full length garments over capris, short skirts and Bermuda.
3. Strong fragrances
Avoid using strong fragrances, sprays, oils or floral scented perfumes. Again, these may attract insects.
4. Clean up after eating and cooking
Never keep cooked food open as the same is subject to attracting flies and mosquitoes. At the same time, once all members of your family are done with having their food, make sure the cooking bowls are well covered and keep them back in the kitchen.
5. Add mosquito nets to the doors and windows
These days a lot of sophisticated multiplex and gated apartments are coming up in the city. The builder himself installs Netlon in most of the flats. It is better you keep doors and windows netted. In case they are not, then easily attachable as well as detachable nets are available in hardware shops. You can get one from such a retail establishment and get the same fixed.
Nylon nets are also a good option. These screens are attached to the windows with Velcro, and can be washed regularly. These nets are available in soft furnishing stores or you can order your kit from online.
6. Mosquito nets for the babies
Bring in the cribs’ mosquito nets to protect your infants from disease causing mosquitoes. When adults can themselves be afflicted with malaria or dengue fever, tiny tots are 10 times more sensitive than all of us. Imagine their plight. Some baby shops stock up these nets online and you can even customize them. Mosquito nets are safe until the baby starts moving around.
7. Use a repellent cream
There are a number of mosquito repellent creams or ointments available in the local store for you to choose from. Depending on your need or preferences, get yourself a bottle of one. Skin friendly creams have come up in recent times. These creams don’t cause any allergy to the skin upon application. And at the same time, gently helps you get rid of harmful mosquitoes.
Having spoken on the 7 ways to get rid of mosquitoes, you can follow up with these to have peaceful nights at home.