With recent reports of a sixth Zika case in the Philippines as confirmed by the Department of Health and twelve cases in Singapore as per the World Health Organization (WHO)’s record, the fear of acquiring the virus is rapidly spreading, too.
As of today, the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the Aedis aegypti mosquito, has reached at least twenty-four countries. Zika is attracting worldwide attention because of its connection with microcephaly, a neurological disorder resulting in babies born with abnormally small heads.
Even before the Zika virus became a worldwide threat, dengue—another mosquito-borne disease—has continually plagued the Philippines.
Consider the numbers: according to data gathered by the WHO Western Pacific Region, dengue cases rose to epidemic levels in 2015, with an average of 220 reported cases per day. As of February 2016, there have been 18,790 reported dengue cases in the country.
A need-to-know fact: the mosquitoes responsible for spreading dengue are the Aedis aegypti mosquitoes, the same type that transmit Zika virus, as confirmed by the WHO Western Pacific Region.
Unfortunately, no vaccine exists to prevent Zika. The only way to protect yourself from it—and prevent dengue, as well—is simple: don’t get bitten by a mosquito.
For this reason, Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) shares some simple must-do’s to prevent Zika- and dengue-carrying mosquitoes from entering your homes.
- Install screens. Door and window screens in your house keep mosquitoes away. Make sure the screens are free of holes, too.
- Use a mosquito repellent. Apply a mosquito repellent on all exposed areas of the body—day and night—on a regular basis.
- Eliminate all possible mosquito-breeding places. Just a teaspoon of water can serve as a breeding ground for Zika and dengue carriers. Make sure that empty cans, spare tires, soda bottles and even bottle caps (tansan) do not accumulate water. Cover all water containers. Fill potholes and get rid of waste materials that can clog drains and gutters around your house.
- Dispose of garbage properly. Cover all waste bins at home when not in use. Segregating your garbage also helps keep mosquitoes and other pests away.
- Exercise indoors. Believe it or not, exercising outside makes you incredibly appealing to mosquitoes. These are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat, and your body emits more of these each time you work out. Play safe by doing your fitness routine indoors, but see to it that mosquitoes are not lurking at home, too.
- Keep your home well lit, and dress in light-colored clothes. Research has shown that mosquitoes are drawn to dimly lit nooks and crannies and to dark clothing. Opt for LED lights in illuminating your interior spaces and wear light-colored garments, too, as proven in a study published by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
- Pick the right multi-insect spray. JDI offers ZAP AK (All-Knockdown) Multi-Insect Killer, which effectively protects you and your family from Zika and dengue carriers by knocking down and killing mosquitoes—and cockroaches and flies, too—faster than regular insect sprays.
Easy to use, ZAP AK (All-Knockdown) Multi-Insect Killer can kill insects in one zap. Its fast-killing power guarantees that your family is safe from the dreaded Aegys Aegypti mosquito.
To top it all, JDI’s multi-insect killer is not just affordable—it also offers more value for your money compared to other sprays because it has long-lasting effects, which means longer protection for your home.
JDI’s line of Home Pest Solutions is available at leading supermarkets (Shopwise, Rustan’s, Wellcome) and home and hardware supplies stores nationwide (Handyman, Ace, Citi, and Wilcon), among others.