10 Easy Ways to Repel Mosquitoes, Stay Healthy

Credit:  John Tann  via Flickr

Credit: John Tann via Flickr

Viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes can be very serious. According to international health organizations, these diseases are an increasing threat to human health as the environment changes and globalization increases. Both dengue fever and the chikungunya virus are transmitted by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, which are found in most countries in the Americas. 

According to the Pan American Health Organization, there is no vaccine for Chikungunya. The only effective means of prevention is to protect individuals against mosquito bites.

Ten Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk Now

  1. Use screens on windows and doors.

  2. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when mosquitoes are most active.

  3. Use mosquito repellents.

  4. Check your house and yard for water-filled containers and throw away or recycle unwanted containers that collect standing water.

  5. Create a DIY mosquito trap for your home

  6. Turn over or store under a roof any large containers that collect water, like boats, buckets, tires, and garbage cans.

  7. Clean animal drinking bowls weekly to wash away eggs.

  8. Dump the water from overflow dishes under flower pots.

  9. Cover rain barrels with screening so mosquitoes cannot enter.

  10. Educate yourself and your community about the risks of mosquito-borne illness.

This list is excerpted from our custom curriculum on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, created for PADF's Resilient Livelihoods Program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.