An uninfected female Aedes
mosquito gets infected with the Dengue virus when it bites a person infected with dengue, and then transmits dengue to other healthy individuals it bites after that. Dengue fever
is a disease caused by the dengue virus, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
mosquito prefers to breed in clean, stagnant water easily found in our homes. All it takes is clean, stagnant water as small in volume as the size of a 20-cent coin, for mosquitoes to breed.
Let's all do our part to break the dengue transmission cycle by removing stagnant water from potential mosquito breeding habitats.
Do the Mozzie Wipeout at least once a week to prevent mosquito breeding
. Stop dengue with B-L-O-C-K
Check if you live in a dengue cluster area
or in an area with more Aedes mosquitoes
, as you will have a higher risk of being bitten and infected with the Dengue virus. Our Gravitrap surveillance system
detects areas with higher adult Aedes aegypti
You can also get notifications on dengue clusters and areas with higher Aedes aegypti
mosquito population by downloading the myENV
Using insect repellant safely and effectively can protect you from mosquito bites, especially if you are living in dengue cluster areas.
Repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), picaridin or IR3535 as the active ingredient are the most effective in repelling mosquitoes. These products are safe even for use by pregnant women and nursing mothers. Products with less than 10% DEET are safe for young children and infants from two months of age. Here are some guidelines on the use of mosquito repellent spray
The effectiveness of repellents based on plant-based extracts, such as citronella, eucalyptus and other essential oils, varies from person to person, and such products usually require more frequent application. Although these can generally provide some protection against biting insects, they are less effective than those containing DEET, picaridin and IR3535.
You should also carry out these important steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:
- Spray insecticide in dark corners around the home such as under the bed or sofa and behind the curtains
- Apply mosquito repellent regularly (with reapplication every few hours or according to manufacturers' instructions and level of activity).
- Wear long sleeve tops and long pants