Learn how to protect your home and surroundings from dengue mosquitos by taking the necessary steps to prevent breeding, as the Department of Infectious Diseases at Singapore General Hospital shares tips.
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It's important to prevent mosquitoes from breeding both inside and outside your home.
Inside the home, disease-causing mosquitoes commonly breed in ornamental and other containers, plant pot trays and plates, and canvas sheets/plastic sheets. Outside the home, mosquitoes can breed in perimeter drains, gully traps and discarded containers.
“It’s important to take precautions inside and outside your home to prevent mosquito breeding and contribute to dengue prevention,” says
Dr Chua Ying Ying, Associate Consultant,
Department of Infectious Diseases,
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
You can take the following precautions to protect your home from mosquitoes:
- Use insecticide sprays in dark corners (under the bed, sofa and behind curtains) and burn repellent oils inside your home
- Turn over all water storage containers when empty and store them under a shelter
- Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use
- Loosen soil in potted plants to prevent accumulation of stagnant water on surface
- Change water in vases/bowls
- Remove water from flower/plant pot plates
- Clear fallen leaves and stagnant water in scupper drains and in the garden
- Clear any stagnant water in air cooler units
- Clear fallen leaves and other blockages in roof gutters
- Use sand granular insecticide in gully traps and roof gutters
5-step mozzie wipe-out
NEA has developed a “10-minute 5-step Mozzie Wipe-out” routine to keep homes free of the Aedes mosquito. The 5 steps are:
- Change water in vases/bowls on alternate days.
- Turn over all water storage containers.
- Remove water from flower pot plates on alternate days.
- Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use.
- Clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly.
Dengue colour-coded alert system
To protect yourself and your family from dengue fever and severe dengue, you should familiarise yourself with NEA’s dengue colour-coded alert system. This system uses colour-coded banners (yellow, red, or green) to indicate an active dengue cluster and the preventive measures residents can take.
Alert Red: More than 10 cases in your neighbourhood.
Precautions to take: Do the mozzie wipe-out every alternate day; apply repellent and keep your arms and legs covered; spray insecticide in dark corners in your home.
Alert Yellow: Less than 10 cases in your neighbourhood.
Precautions to take: Do the mozzie wipeout once a week; apply repellent and cover your arms and legs; spray insecticide in dark corners in your home.
Alert Green: Remain vigilant.
Precautions to take: Do the mozzie wipe-out once a week; spray insecticide in dark corners in your home.
For more information on how to protect yourself from dengue fever, see previous page.