What are mosquitoes, and what do they do?
As a tropical country, Singapore is no stranger to mosquitoes. There are currently three types of mosquitoes commonly found in the country, Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex mosquitoes. Despite their differences, each brings with them certain diseases that can cause harm to the public.
Aedes mosquitoes, for example, are known to spread Zika and Dengue Fever. They breed in stagnant water and often appear during the day. On the other hand, Anopheles mosquitoes are more active at night, spreading Malaria, among other diseases.
Like Anopheles mosquitoes, Culex mosquitoes appear at night and spread diseases like Japanese B Encephalitis. For these reasons, it’s vital that people pay attention to the presence of mosquitoes and take the necessary actions to avoid infestation, thereby preventing the spread of viruses.
How can you tell if you have mosquito infestation at home?
To protect yourself and your family from the dangers that mosquitoes pose, you need to know the signs to look for when detecting symptoms of mosquito infestation. These are:
- Presence of bite marks on your body and itchiness
- Sighting of collected larvae along with breeding locations
- High-pitched buzzing sounds
- Swarming of flying adult mosquitoes in areas where stagnant water is present
Because mosquitoes are attracted to water, some of the common locations at home where you might find the pest include the following:
- Potted plants
- Housekeeping cleaning pails
- Toilet bowls and sinks
Homeowners, therefore, need to play an active part in ensuring that all stagnant water is removed from home premises to avoid mosquito breeding. Additionally, everyone needs to be more aware of the condition of their surroundings and home facilities. Broken pipes, poor plumbing, and ruined window screens also contribute to the possibility of pest infestation. So, be sure to keep your home properly maintained.
How do you get rid of mosquitoes in Singapore?
If you find that you are experiencing a mosquito problem, there are some methods you can employ to solve them. One of the most effective solutions to eliminate mosquitoes is investing in repellents that you can apply both in your house and on your body. To keep mosquitoes at bay, you can use store-bought repellents or essential oils like citronella, lemongrass, and peppermint.
Another method is to set up traps and baits in strategic locations to catch and destroy mosquitoes. You can create a DIY mosquito trap solution or buy ready-made alternatives in the store. With this method, you can protect yourself and your home from mosquito invasion.
If the problem of mosquitoes persists, it’s time to call the professionals. Outdoor mosquito control companies in Singapore will utilise industry-proven solutions to remove mosquitoes at home effectively. Depending on the severity of the infestation, professionals might employ the following procedures:
As one of the popular methods in Singapore, thermal fogging uses a handheld fogger that spews a chemical solution to the affected areas in the form of vaporised gas. Because it’s transformed into gas, the insecticide solution can penetrate better in hard-to-reach areas.
On the other hand, misting makes use of a gasoline-driven engine that sprays fine insecticide mist into the air. The mist spreads into a larger surface area and leaves behind droplets on surfaces that can destroy mosquitoes upon contact. This type of treatment is recommended for outdoor mosquito control because of the equipment required for this type of treatment.
This method is used to prevent further mosquito breeding by eradicating the larvae found in stagnant waters. Lacravating makes use of larvicides that specifically target and hinder the growth of larvae, thereby eliminating the development of pupae into adult mosquitoes.
This is a soil microorganism that targets larvae without affecting other insects like butterflies and dragonflies. As a natural microorganism, this method is safe and harmless. It doesn’t cause respiratory problems or irritation, which makes it a good mosquito infestation solution.
Preventive measures to take to avoid mosquito infestation
Although professional services offer practical solutions, you still need to take certain precautions to prevent the re-emergence of mosquitoes. Here are some tips to protect you and your home from mosquitos.
Hopefully, these tips can help you create a much safer and healthier environment at home. However, if early signs of mosquito invasion appear, be sure to contact expert pest control services.
Avalon Services offers professional pest control services to get rid of your mosquito problem. We employ experienced professionals and use innovative equipment to ensure effective and permanent eco-friendly solutions.