For A Mosquito-Free Home

Nusrat Jahan Pritom

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

For A Mosquito-Free Home

Perhaps nobody could have ever thought that such a tiny, little pest could cause so much havoc all over the world! Dengue is the name of the recent threat not just in Bangladesh but many other countries as well.

In Bangladesh, it has caused a lot of hardship in the past with diseases such as dengue, chikongunya, malaria, etc.  However, at current times, these tiny vampires are sucking out more than just blood. They are feasting on our lives! To begin with, nobody wants mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies and such pests in our houses. These unwelcome guests sneak in quietly to our houses and do not leave often until they get ‘the job done’ (biting). There are quite a few things you can do to ensure a happy and safe house.  

Netted windows

Adding net to the windows is an easy and efficient way to say goodbye to these horrible, little monsters. If you are worried about how it will change the interior of your house, don’t worry. Opt for black or light grey nets. These are nearly invisible and do not really change the look of your house much. Use them on the windows in the bedroom, drawing room, living room and kitchen. These will allow plenty of air and light to enter your home. At the same time, mosquitoes and flies will not be able to travel freely without visa to your residence!
Plant trees that repel mosquitoes

There are certain plants which actually repel mosquitoes. These plants are not harmful to human beings. In fact, some of them are actually very good for us. Marigold, lavender, rosemary, citronella are a few examples. If you are a fan of basil, you can also put a basil plant in your house. Not only will you have a quick and easy mosquito repellent, you will also have a delicious fresh herb on hand to add to all of your favourite recipes!

Clean up clutter

Mosquitoes breed in dirty places. Make sure you clear up debris not just inside your house but outside too. This includes the shady corner or alleyway between two adjacent buildings. Don’t keep a lot of dirty clothes piling up in places for weeks. You never know what has made this pile their home! Always check your roof and verandah to make sure that the drainage is working properly. If the drain gets clogged there, it is probably rainwater is laying around in puddles somewhere. This could pose potential risk to our lives.
Fix your screen and doors

The doors and windows of some house may consist of gaps bigger than desired. Check underneath your house’s main door to see if the gap is too big for mosquitoes to enter or not. If the gap is big, seal it with an extra wooden layer. If you have slide windows, shut both the windows tight and see if there is any noticeable gap. If there is, get it fixed too.
Another way to get rid of pests from your house is with camphor. All you have to do is light camphor in a room with all the doors and windows closed and leave it like this for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprays are also a good option. Make sure all the people, especially the children, are out of the room when you are spraying. Don’t forget to use mosquito net!