Dengue mosquito with another name Aedes aegypti is the main factor causing dengue fever. Come on, prevent this disease by eradicating the place of residence.
Dengue fever is generally spread through Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. You can recognize the characteristics of this dengue mosquito by paying attention to the white patches pattern around the body and legs. This mosquito transmits the dengue virus that causes dengue fever to humans through small bites into the skin. Dengue mosquitoes responsible for transmission are female mosquitoes, not male mosquitoes. This is because female mosquitoes need blood to produce eggs.
Everyday Life of Dengue Fever Mosquito
If at home or the terrace there are places with lots of water or can be used as a water reservoir, it is advisable to immediately close or get rid of it. This is because the location is a habitat for dengue mosquito eggs to develop into adult mosquitoes. For example, trees with holes in the trunk, toilets, vehicle tires that are not used, plant pots, drinking places for pets, toys, vases, swimming pools, trash cans, and so forth.
This dengue fever prefers to settle and breed quickly in hot and humid areas, such as Indonesia. Data from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia shows that there is a link between climate change and high rainfall with increasing cases of dengue fever. Based on research, female dengue mosquitoes are happy to spend their lives in or around the house and can fly an average of 400 meters. Dengue virus infection is usually higher if the victim is outdoors and during the day. However, that does not mean that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes cannot breed indoors or bite at night.
Dengue mosquitoes are most active in finding prey about two hours after sunrise and several hours before sunset. Or you can bite at night in a well-lit location. Besides humans, A. aegypti and A. Albopictus mosquitoes can also bite dogs and other domestic mammals.
Eradicate the Dengue Fever Mosquito Nest
Dengue fever can be prevented by eradicating the habitat or nest of Aedes aegypti. The trick is as follows:
- Once a week, check and dispose of standing water in any place that can be used as a water reservoir outside and inside the house.
- Close the water reservoir so that mosquitoes cannot enter to lay eggs and breed.
- Dispose of items that are not used.
- If you have a septic tank at home, fix any gaps or cracks immediately.
- Prevent dengue mosquitoes from entering the house by closing ventilation holes, windows and doors, using mosquito netting, closing holes including plumbing holes, and turning on the air conditioner if available.
- Sprinkling larvicide powder in water reservoirs at home that is difficult to clean, this powder can kill mosquito larvae.
- Plant mosquito repellent, such as lemongrass, lavender, kecombrang, and others.
- Do not hang clothes inside the house which can become mosquito breeding grounds.
Come on, prevent dengue mosquitoes from breeding diligently cleaning the house. If you experience signs of dengue such as severe headaches, sudden high fever, muscle and joint pain, pain behind the eyes, feeling tired, nausea, vomiting, red spots appear on the skin, nose or bleeding gums, immediately went to the nearest hospital.