Even if the government has performed their duty very well, the public
should play an equally important role. In fact, the real battle against
aedes mosquitoes begins with us (you and me). We must play our part to
eliminate any potential mosquito breeding ground. Here are some simple
things that we can do:
- Turn pails and watering cans over and store under shelter.
- Cover water storage containers tightly at all times.
- Remove water in pot plates at all times. For outdoor plants, avoid
using pot plates that collect rain water easily, especially in Malaysia
weather. Clean and scrub the plate at least once a week to remove any
- Place Abate® or any other suitable insecticides into flower vases,
roof gutters and or any exposed water container. This is to kill mosquito
larvae, if any.
- Small, mosquito-eating fish can be reared in pots for hydroponics
- The soil surface of potted plants hardened after some time. This
allows accumulation of standing water. We must loosen the soil from
time to time.
- Roadside drains and sumps outside our house may easily be blocked
by rubbish such as fallen leaves and plastic bags. This will block the
flow of water. We should immediately remove such obstacles to allow
free flow of water.
- Some undulating ground or potholes may have standing water. Dig a
tiny trench to drain the water away.
- Some people clear a circular patch around shrub or plant for the purpose
of avoiding weed from competing for fertilizer. This patch is usually
lower than its surrounding area. Inform the owner of such property that
this becomes a potential mosquito breeding ground as it easily accommodates
clear, stagnant water.
- If any possible water container irrespective of size appears in our
sight, remove them. Examples of such containers are up-turned plastic
containers, cans, plastic bags and sheets.
- Clear any water in the tray placed under the refrigerator or water
filter dispenser where the outlet hole may be blocked.
If the whole family goes on holiday or leave the house vacant for more
than a week, please do the following before locking your house:
- Bring in the rubbish bin to a sheltered area of your house. Do not
leave it open, exposing both cover and container to rain water.
- Cover all toilet bowls.
- Empty all pails.
- Empty all flower vases.
Educate our family members, neighbours and friends on the
importance of all the steps above in combating dengue virus. Take the
first step and declare war against aedes mosquitoes. Be proactive. Be
safe than sorry.