Singapore had its first case of locally transmitted Zika virus infection back on 27 August, 2016, and the number of Zika quickly climbed to 56.
Though the Zika panic has mostly died down, researchers say the virus is still on the rise around the world.
Similarly, in wet, hot Singapore – a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and, as a result, mosquito-born illness – dengue cases have seen a spike in recent years.
According to a 16 July, 2019, story in The Straits Times, “The number of dengue cases in a week has hit a 3½-year high, with 666 cases recorded last week, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.”
More recently, on 18 September 2019, The Straits Times reported a zika cluster in Serangoon Gardens.
Instead of automatically reaching for a chemical insect repellent (which many experts do recommend, just SYK), let these low-maintenance plants help to do the job around your house.
Pro tip: crush the leaves and apply the oil directly onto your skin to use as a mosquito repellent!
Just make sure your pet cat isn’t having too much fun around the catnip!
Pro tip: Don’t want to actually plant garlic? Simply cut up some cloves and sprinkle them around your living area.
Pro tip: Bright blooms may attract wasps instead, so keep your potted marigolds near entrances to your home or other common mosquito entry points, rather than in outdoor areas like your patio.
7. Lemon balm
Pro tip: snip off a few sprigs to add into your drink if you’re planning to sneak a cheeky mojito into your evening!
12. Lemon thyme
By Pinky Chng, August 2016 / Last updated: Melodi Ghui, September 2019
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