Singapore’s hot and humid climate is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and, therefore, mosquito-related illnesses like dengue fever and zika.
In September 2019, a new Zika cluster was confirmed in Serangoon Gardens’ Hemsley Avenue, when three people got infected with the mozzie-borne virus. The last cluster was reported in July 2017.
As of June 3 this year, the National Environment Agency (NEA) reports that there are over 9,000 dengue infections and 12 deaths, with the number of cases expected to soar even further.
While it makes perfect sense to use insect repellent on yourself when heading out, you really ought to protect your family at home as well. One of the easiest ways to do it is to keep a low-maintenance plant or two that’s known to repel mosquitoes and other pesky insects: