Recent weeks across the continent either Africa, America, Europe and Asia, was hit by Zika virus outbreak that has affected hundreds of people. Reporting from bbc.com, Zika is a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes, which lately is associated with downsizing of the brain in infants and a rare immune disease Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The virus itself was first successfully retrieved from the monkeys that live in the jungle Zika, Uganda, in 1947. Zika stated as a separate virus in 1952.
Scientists are currently reviewing outbreaks in Latin America, said the virus was found in 23 countries in the region and now threatens to spread to the United States.
So far Asia, estimated free of mosquitoes cause Zika. All samples were analyzed National Institute of Virology in Pune – the center of the spread of viral disease expert India – showed negative results.
To prevent this virus, you can make such an effort to avoid mosquito bites and maintain health in general. Meanwhile, when sleep at night and during the day, avoid mosquito bites by wearing long clothes and covered, use a topical anti-mosquito drugs, as well as attach netting or wire gauze mosquito in the room.
To be more optimal prevention, lifestyle.com.au share tips to combat mosquitoes on your home page, which is easily available to plants and planted.
Citronella or lemongrass
Citronella is one of the most common plants used in the fight against mosquitoes. This is due to the strong smell and extremely disliked by mosquitoes. This plant is easy to grow in full sun. Plant height can reach 1.3 to 1.8 meters.
Creating natural citronella spray is very easy to do. Simply by mixing citronella oil, water, and alcohol as much as 70%. Spray spray it into your body to avoid mosquito bites up to 1 hour. By making your own mosquito spray, you and your family can reduce the possibility of Zika virus.
This cat is a popular plant growing in almost all parts of the world. With a height limit of about 90cm, catnip is called more potent than DEET (the chemical used in most spray insect repellent). Because it is a member of the mint family, then this plant can easily be planted in the front yard and the back of your house.
Marigold is a kind of flower beds that sharp aroma. Despite the smell, but the beauty of the color of marigolds can add a festive garden and certainly also makes mosquitoes to escape from your home. No doubt, the Zika virus outbreak can be reduced.
Plants with beautiful flowers is also commonly used to eradicate mosquitoes. The aroma released from bee balm apparently can confuse the system senses of smell mosquitoes.
No wonder the mosquitoes will leave the place that has the aroma. This plant has now been sold in the form of bonsai, which can be placed in the living room, a dining room, to the bedroom.
However, if placed in the garden of the house, do not be surprised if a lot of beautiful butterflies that will come because the aroma is highly preferred.