LAOAG CITY–As part of the city government’s massive campaign against dengue, all 80 urban and rural barangays of this city have received citronella seedlings to be planted around their backyards. When grown up, citronella could repel dengue-carrying mosquitoes, Mylene Pascual, head of the Community Affairs Office said.
“The city government under Mayor Michael Farinas had distributed ovicidal-larvicidal traps and rice husk mousticide to the different barangays,” she explained.
Aside from the citronella distribution, Pascual added that barangay dengue brigades were organized to inform residents to practice massive cleanliness inside and outside the houses to ward off the breeding places of mosquitoes.
The citronella plant extract, known to have a mosquito-repelling properties, is a common ingredient of insect repellant sprays and candles.
Pascual encouraged residents to propagate said wonder plants at home. (Theo S. Guiang)