Prevent Mosquito Bites

Prevent Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites can not only cause itching on the skin, but also have the potential to bring various diseases. There are simple ways you can do to prevent yourself from mosquito bites, especially types of carriers of harmful parasites or viruses.

Prevent Mosquito Bites skin

Most mosquito bites are harmless. The bite marks are only limited to bumps and can disappear on their own without special treatment. But you never know whether mosquitoes that bite you carry the risk of dangerous diseases, such as dengue and malaria or not. So try to minimize the risk by protecting and avoiding yourself from mosquito bites. The following steps can be a guide.

Prevents Mosquitoes from Entering and Surviving indoors

Mosquitoes that will enter the house or are already inside the house can be handled in certain ways, with or without chemicals. The following are options that you can use.

  1.  Using a fan is effective enough to prevent mosquitoes from sticking and biting on the skin.
  2.  Mosquito coils. Although it is effective enough to repel mosquitoes, the smoke from these mosquito coils actually contains several toxic substances that have the potential to cause health problems. The use of this drug should also be avoided if there are babies or children and people with asthma at home.
  3. Placing a mosquito net around the bed can be a safe mosquito barrier, especially for infants and toddlers.
  4. Anti-mosquito electric racket can also be a mosquito repellent that is free of chemicals and can be used indoors or outdoors. But keep this device out of reach of children.
  5. Mosquitoes breed in water, try to get rid of stagnant water near your home. Empty objects that can make water pool, such as buckets, used cans, and plastic waste once a week. Also make sure that septic tanks remain closed neatly and do not leak.
  6. It is also important to keep the grass and other plants around the home environment properly trimmed. Install mosquito nets on doors and windows so that mosquitoes cannot enter the house.
  7. You can also use candles that contain fragrances and essential oils, which can repel mosquitoes, as well as air fresheners. Some scents such as lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, and soybeans seem to help repel mosquitoes. In addition, avoid fragrance that contains fragrant flowers or fruit, which actually attracts the attention of mosquitoes and insects.
  8. Sprinkle larvasida once a month to kill mosquito larvae, especially in places that are difficult to drain such as water tanks and bathtubs.
  9. Fumigation / fogging can be done by officers in an area (housing, schools, offices) according to the life cycle of the mosquito to prevent it from multiplying.

Protect the skin

Sometimes when in a certain place, such as a garden or traditional market even at home, mosquito bites become unavoidable. Even so, you can still work around this in simple ways.

  1. Apply anti-mosquito lotion. Use anti-mosquito lotions or drugs according to the instructions, especially when applying to children. Use an anti-mosquito lotion containing picaridin / KBR 3023, DEET, and lemon eucalyptus oil. The content makes mosquitoes unable to identify yourself as a prey. However, immediately wash your hands after use. This needs to be done to avoid eye irritation and contamination of food consumed by hand. In addition, avoid using these lotions in children under three years of age, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Avoid using anti-mosquito lotion on the face.
  2. Telon oil: This traditional oil contains fennel, eucalyptus and coconut oil. Fennel oil can prevent mosquito bites for up to 2 hours. Kayuputih oil has a smell similar to eucalyptus and tea tree oil is also said to prevent insect bites such as mosquitoes.
  3.  Avoid using perfumes or fragrances that will attract mosquitoes to alight.
  4.  Always close the car window if you are in several places at risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.
  5. Avoid scratching when the skin is bitten by a mosquito. When you scratch, it can cause the skin to become injured and open, allowing bacteria to enter and cause infection. Clean the skin with soft soap and warm water, apply an ointment containing hydrocortisone or antihistamines, or calamine lotion to reduce itching.
  6. Anti-mosquito bracelet. This tool is not proven effective for protecting the skin from mosquito bites. From the research that has been done, the best effect of preventing mosquito bites is obtained from anti-mosquito lotions which are applied directly to the skin.
To help monitor the cleanliness of the environment and check mosquito larvae, the government appealed to each house to have a Jumantik (larva monitor). In addition to using mosquito repellent facilities, the key to avoiding insect bites is to maintain the cleanliness of the house and surrounding environment regularly. And do not forget to protect the skin from mosquito bites in several ways above.
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