Mosquitoes: Residents are using innovative products to deal with mosquitoes as diseases increase | Pune News

Pune: With dengue cases on the rise in the city, residents are adopting innovative ways to deal with the mosquito menace. While some are burning citronella-infused incense sticks around the house, others are installing mosquito repellent liquid dispenser machines. Priyanka Ramnani, a resident of Baner, said several dengue cases have been reported from her housing society. “We are doing everything possible to protect ourselves from mosquitoes. We have also installed insect repellent lamps outside the house and near windows,” Ramnani told The Times of India. While residents are taking basic precautions like applying mosquito repellent ointments, patches and sprays, there are several new innovations in the market aimed at protecting residents. Prasad Phadke, founder and CEO of Eco Biotrap, said they are now witnessing an unprecedented demand for their products. “The demand has increased 15 times in the last few months and even institutions like schools, hospitals and hotels are installing our products in their premises,” he said. The biodegradable product is designed to break the chain of mosquito breeding. Some residents are also using products like Automos machine, which is a battery-operated mosquito repellent. “It does not smell strong like coils and can be carried from room to room. The refill lasts for at least two months,” said Nazneen Shaikh, a resident of Kondhwa. “There are three categories in the mosquito repellent market – liquid vaporisers, coils and aerosols. Liquid vaporisers dominate the market right now. But a lot of innovations are coming up. It becomes highly effective when you deliver the active ingredient in the right way,” Ross Lifesciences chairman A Mahendran told TOI. “It is effective only within a certain radius,” said Kondhwa resident Gargi Jagtap.

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