Anti-dengue plants better than fumigation

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The Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Inc. (MSBFI) in Quezon City urged public and private school authorities to “study the possibility” of investing in insect-repellant plants to thwart dengue-carrying mosquitoes this rainy season in their respective grounds.

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Leonardo Ligeralde, MSBFI president said dengue cases usually rise during the rainy months citing that the planting of neem and citronella is a more effective way of driving mosquitoes away from the school grounds.

He also suggested that the “Gulayan ng Bayan” project of the Quezon City government, which is being participated by the city’s 142 barangays should include a complementary program like the planting of the mosquito-repellant plants.

“Fumigation is a good solution but a more convenient and permanent answer to the dengue scare is to plant mosquito-repellant. Of course the first and foremost key is to have a clean environment,” Ligeralde said.

With its leaves mixed with soap and shea butter, Ligeralde said that neem cream is an economical and effective way to prevent mosquito bites that cause dengue and malaria.

“Similar to the coconut tree, it is also a tree of life as evidenced by the documented facts about its medicinal value since 4000 years ago,” Ligeralde added.

Also, Ligeralde asked political aspirants in the October 28 barangay and sangguniang kabataan (SK) elections to desist from nailing or pasting their posters and placards on trees as this expose the plants to imminent danger.

In some instances, he said that constant the piercing of nails on the tree trunks have caused the plants to prematurely wither.

Ligeralde also made a similar appeal to plumbers, carpenters, locksmith and similar skilled workers to avoid placing their advertising services on trees.

From the holes made by the pierced nails, insects and fungi can penetrate inside the trunks putting the life of the trees at risk, he said.

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