Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. When the mosquito, also known as the dengue fever mosquito, bites a person it can cause them to suffer from headaches, body pains and high fever.
The dengue mosquito will easily breed in places where clean water and even rainwater tends to collect like gutters, empty bottles, tires, empty coconut shells, empty cans, bamboo poles, vases and flower pot plates. Studies reveal the dengue mosquito will lay its eggs in as little as a tablespoon of water.
The Aedes mosquito is easy to identify since it has black and white stripes on its body. It tends to bite during the mornings between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m and late afternoon between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you live in areas prone to Dengue make sure not to allow rainwater and clean water to stagnate in gutters, empty cans, tires, etc. In addition, if you or someone you know have been suffering from fever for more than 3 days go to the doctor immediately and ask him to check your platelet count. If your platelet count is low then you are at risk of having Dengue.
Dengue can lead to death if not detected early. It can also damage the heart, liver, brain and even the bone marrow.
Symptoms of Dengue are:
- High fever that lasts for more than 3 days.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Joint pain
Listed below are some plants that are claimed to repel the Dengue mosquito and which can be grown in pots or on the ground in your home to give you protection from disease carrying mosquitoes.