Chennai is the largest market for mosquito repellents

Chennai has two waterways flowing right through it, the Buckingham Canal and the Cooum River. Both these waterways are clogged, blocked, and a safe haven for mosquitoes. And apart from these two, in some parts of Chennai, open sewers still remain, though the Corporation is relaying these into underground sewers.

This has to have a fall out, Chennai, as of now is the largest market for mosquito repellents, according to this report in The Hindu.

The mosquito bite is hurting Chennai residents in more ways than one: the city is reportedly the biggest market in the country for mosquito repellents, closely followed by Bangalore.

Residents spend anything between Rs. 15 crore and Rs. 20 crore every month, buying mosquito repellents such as coils, mats, sprays and ointments, according to an industry estimate. And, if you add Rs. 2 crore spent by the Chennai Corporation on procuring insecticides, larvicides and fogging equipment, the task of tackling the mosquito menace costs around Rs. 180 crore every year.

This love for mosquitoes, has even extended to the blogsphere, with a a blogger deciding to call himself/herself kosukadi.

7 Comments so far

  1. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    So much money supposedly spent, and the Buckingham canal is still a stagnant, stinking breeding ground.

    Some years ago I read of work donr by a Peruvian scientist: Coconuts against Malaria. You can read about it here: http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/1950-cn.htm . Seems ideal for this part of the world: plenty of coconuts, at least! Anyone ever heard of this being used in India?


  2. Anand (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

    Nitpicking really: The Adayar and Cooum are the rivers running through Chennai. The Buckingham canal is a waterway.


  3. vatsan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    @anand,
    yes i did miss the adyar river, mistake,

    and i wud call all three as waterways.

    @thad e ginathom
    money will go to line the contractors pockets :)


  4. okonami yaki (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 8:41 am

    Coconut oil is high in saturated fats. May be mosquitos are afraid of high cholesterol. Now it makes sense about how those keralites — who exude coconut oil from their pores — can go about shirtless in their houseboats in those inland backwaters and just about everywhere. They have all manner of waters — stagnet, pooled, running and placid breeding mosquitos. What do keralite mosquitos drink ? Do they buzz with a different accent ?


  5. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    The Malayaleemossies bite me just as enthusiastically as the Madrasseequitoes do!


  6. 222 (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    kosukadi is me man! and you are right i am sitting typing this with 2 liquidators plugged in and on yet experiencing kosu kadi, i guess the kosu’s have grown immune to this stuff :)


  7. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    Aren’t Geckos supposed to eat them?

    If they are, can somebody please explain that to the geckos in my house? !



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