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Do you know that the female mosquitoes that cause malaria are most active during the warm rainy season? By protecting yourself from mosquitoes during their most active and aggressive season, you can protect yourself from malaria that can be deadly if not not taken care of.
Make no mistake about it, malaria is a serious and sometimes deadly disease that’s transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is only the female Anopheles mosquitoes that carry the plasmodium parasite that cause malaria.
These malaria causing mosquitoes are also known as ‘night-biting’ mosquitoes because, as the name implies, they commonly bite their victims between dusk and dawn.
When the female mosquito bites a person, the parasite that it is carrying, gets into the blood stream of the victim and multiplies quickly. This huge growth of the parasites inside the blood stream of the infected person, makes the condition of the affected person terribly worse.
Mosquitoes love the rainy season. Why?
Mosquitoes need an environment with stagnant or slow-moving water, because that’s where the condition is most favourable for them to hatch their eggs. After the eggs are hatched, their larvae live in that stagnant water until they’re adults.
Interestingly, mosquitoes can survive even in places where any kind of water collects after a hard rain. The warm rainy season makes it real easy for mosquitoes to go from egg to adult real fast. Therefore, the prevention of malaria especially during the rainy season should be taken very seriously.
The heavy rainy season is the time when people in areas where female mosquitoes that cause malaria are plenty, fear the bite of mosquitoes the most. It is therefore our recommendation that you follow these life saving tips so that you can protect yourself from malaria during this rainy season.
An effective way to control malaria is by taking anti-malarial medicines. Here’s how to protect you and your loved ones against mosquito bites and malaria.
Ways to Prevent Malaria
First and foremost make sure that you limit outside activity between dusk and dawn. Stay indoors as much as you can.
Make sure to use insect sprays indoors soon after the sun sets.
Bed nets are a must in the rainy season, in very swampy areas that are badly hit by heavy rains, as these nets can protect you from harmful mosquitoes promising a good night’s sleep.
Protective clothing which includes long-sleeved shirts and pants is a must in order to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Make use of insect repellent that have good amounts of DEET in them.
Stay away from places where malaria mosquitoes breed easily. Maintain proper levels of hygiene inside and outside your house. Make sure that any waste or garbage is well covered and disposed off as per daily cleaning routine to avoid any breeding of mosquitoes.
Make sure that there are no standing water or pools of water in or around your house. This is really important and serious because mosquitoes love to breed in small pools of water in buckets or flower pots in and around the house
How To Treat Malaria
Malaria can be extremely severe and at times deadly. It is important for you to carry along your malaria medicines prescribed by your doctor, if you are going to an area where it id easy to catch malaria. If you are infected, follow the right dosing schedule that your doctor has prescribed. Make sure that your medicines are not expired.
See our malaria medicines.