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The need to ward off mosquitoes has never been as important as it is today, given the fact that dengue fever is on the rise across Pakistan.

To ensure your home remains safe from mosquitoes, here are some things to bear in mind:

  • Keep all windows and doors that do not have screens closed, particularly at dawn and dusk.
  • Remove all stagnant water in vases, flower pots, buckets, lawns, etc.
  • Spray your home with insecticide daily, especially rooms that are not used frequently. Fumigate your garden/lawn regularly.
  • Place mosquito repellent plants around your home; these include eucalyptus, ginger plant, lavender, lemon grass, marigold and rosemary. Price: Rs 50-850 per plant.
  • Scatter naphthalene balls around the house, especially near bathroom, kitchen sinks and entrances. Price: Rs 18 to 25 per packet.
  • Hang mosquito nets above beds. These are washable and available in a variety of colours. Price: Rs 300-350.
  • Other mosquito repelling products you can use include body lotions, electric mosquito vaporisers, rackets and grills as well as mats and coils. Price: Rs 180-400.

Alternate remedies known to repel mosquitoes include:

  • Burning neem tree leaves with black onion seeds (kaalonji).
  • Assembling a mixture of lemon juice and tea tree oil, and burning it in an incense burner.
  • Rubbing a mixture of lemon juice, tea tree oil and rosemary oil on uncovered parts of your body.

— Saba Gul Hasan

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on October 9, 2012