Mosquito Nets: The Most Effective Way to Prevent Malaria

Mosquitoes! How friendly are they? Do you love them when they are around you? Almost everyone will answer ‘No’ to that question. Mosquitoes are known to be the chief cause of malaria and this has led to the death of many kids, even adults. Because of this, folks have sorted ways to end this; with the use of mosquito nets been among the most effective.

We would be discussing one tool that has helped in reducing the effect of mosquitoes and how you can also make use of the tools to help you and your family.

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The Mosquito Net

This is a net made of fine meshes that are so tiny that insects or mosquitoes cannot find a way pass it. Even though the mesh looks fine with little holes it doesn’t stop the free movement of air nor does it prevents visibility. Mosquito nets comes in different colours with the most popular one in white colour.

The mesh is made from materials like cotton, polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene or nylon. The standard size is 1.2mm. This mesh is woven tightly to stop mosquitoes from entering.

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Use Of A Mosquito Net

The major function or use of a mosquito net is to prevent them from biting humans. When they bite they transmit plasmodium which causes malaria. So to prevent this mosquitoes, nets has been discovered and this either scares away the flies when they come in contact with them.

Apart from mosquitoes, this net can be used to prevent insect especially harmful ones for biting humans. Mosquito nets can be used at home, camps, hostels, and even when on excursion or when out for picnic.

Mosquito Nets: The Most Effective Way to Prevent Malaria

Treated Mosquito Nets

Insecticides Treated mosquitoes nets (ITNs) developed in 1980s are a better alternative to ordinary nets.  They have been seen to be twice as good as an untreated net. When nets are treated they reduce the effect of mosquitoes and other insects that might want to pass through to harm their host.

These nets are dipped into insecticides like, permethrin and deltamethrin as this will double the ability of the nets to kills the mosquitoes immediately they come in contact with it. Mosquito nets can be re-impregnated with insecticides every 6 months, since they lose their killing power over a long period of time. If not done they might become less effective and would only be serving the function of an ordinary net. Re-impregnating can be done at local health centres across the country.

Another alternative to Insecticides Treated Nets (ITNs) is the newly developed Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs), according to Malaria Consortium. This latest design last longer than the previous one as it doesn’t need constant re-impregnation of insecticides. This has been introduced into rural areas where there might not be provision for re-impregnating after giving them. The difference is in the way the nets are treated.

Treated nets are not fit for other use apart from killing mosquitoes, some are known to use these nets as fishing nets or covering of the garden, this is very inappropriate and outside the scope of what it was meant for.

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How To Use Mosquito Nets

Due to the fact that some of those chemical which mosquito nets are treated with affect humans, there have always been warning issued out to user to cool dry before using. They are advised to spread outside where there is no sun.

Since they are used for killing and preventing one from mosquito bites, it is of important to check that there are no large openings; especially when using untreated ones. One must also be cautions not to sleep with the skin directly on the nets as mosquitoes can bite one through this. See Thirteen (13) Fruits and Foods That Can Make Your Skin Glow

The way the mesh was designed makes it easy for it to be stretched over an area or a sleeping bag. It can also be stretched over a mattress.

To use a mosquito net after cool drying it; to reduce the concentration of the chemical. The topmost part has portions where you can fasten to your roof or to the corner of the house. You may wish to tuck this into your bed so as to be sure that there is no opening left for mosquitoes to pass through.

Apart from hanging it some prefer using the net as alternative to their windows net. So they cut it into the shape of their window and attach it to it. This is believed to provide and guarantee more protection.

Mosquito nets can also be built into tents or small camps especially when out for picnic or when sleeping in the jungle. It can also be used to protect oneself. The mode of construction is dependent on individual but most prefer installing poles and fixing the nets to these poles.

How To Get A Mosquito Net in Nigeria

Mosquitoes net have become popular these days as one necessarily doesn’t need to buy before getting one. Below are some ways of obtaining on without buying:

  • The Government of some States, based on their eradication campaign, distributes the net to the nook and cranny of their state. This process is carried out by the ministry of health in their respective States. Two or three nets are assigned to each house based on population of each house.
  • By requesting for it in the hospital. The government have made provision for some hospitals to give free mosquito nets to those diagnosed with malaria.
  • The World Health Organization has also been distributing free treated mosquito nets to residents of a country sometimes once in two years.
  • At some major camps like the NYSC camp, some States have made provision to distribute free insecticides treated mosquitoes nets for those staying in the camp. You can also receive one there.
  • In some universities new intakes having completed their medical registrations are also given a free net.
  • The popular alternative is buying one. All pharmaceutical stores in each country have these nets in their store and upon request you can get one. You might need to pay to receive one but be rest assured that they are not overly expensive.

Let’s I forget, you can also get mosquito nets online, via any online store. Thank you for your time.

1 Comment

  1. Hugo's Benedicta

    March 24, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Please where can I get mosquito nets?

    I really need to get some for my home.

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