As the days begin to warm up, we are already seeing an increase in mosquito activity in areas of Darwin. While the dreaded ‘mozzie’ is well known for being generally annoying, they can also pose a health risk to some. The good news is there is something you can do about it.
We recently conducted a mosquito pest control job in Darwin area where several homeowners had an infestation of mosquitos around their outdoor living areas. Its’s important to note, that these pests are also well known for entering homes an businesses, ultimately causing a significant problem and discomfort to people.
There are numerous species of mosquito in Australia and each has its own characteristics in terms of:
- Salt or fresh water
- Geographic distribution
- The diseases they can carry
Health issues and problems
Mosquitoes can carry debilitating illnesses such as Ross River Fever, Barmah Forest Virus, Murray Valley Encephalitis and Malaria. This may be cause for concern for parents with young children and the elderly, although healthy adults have been known to suffer from some of these medical conditions.
How to remove and control mosquitos
Local Government staff that undertake Mosquito management are well trained and do a fantastic job as they treat numerous locations in pristine salt and fresh water environments with specialised equipment and treatment methods.
Amalgamated Pest Control Darwin can help in a number of ways by offering homeowners the following services:
This is a environmentally friendly treatments targeted at larvae in still water areas, (e.g. ponds). This treatment affects the growth hormones of the mosquito larvae. This treatment method is target specific and will only affect the mosquito larvae.
Residual Barrier Treatment
For those looking for an additional, more-targeted solution to mosquito problems, you should consider specialised “residual barrier” treatments, which significantly reduces the adult mosquito population and prevents them from lingering around the home for several weeks.
Despite being predominantly airborne vector pests, mosquitoes die after coming into contact with “residual barriers” treated on the ground and around the home. The specialised residual barrier treatment is applied to areas where mosquitoes land and rest such as amongst leaf litter under trees.
The situation is ideally suited to establish garden areas with significant plant foliage and other exterior structures such as shade cloth, which provide landing and resting areas for adult mosquitoes. Residents typically notice relief immediately.
The treatment is effective for a number of weeks and relief can be noticed immediately many customers that previously could only enjoy their views from inside, now spend their days and evenings out in their pergolas and gardens where they want to be.
Top Tips – How to reduce Mosquito numbers
- Avoid planting fauna such as Bromeliads and Liriopes, (pictured below), close to your outdoor areas such as pools, decks and pergolas.
- Regularly change and refresh pet water bowls – your pets will love you.
- Screening windows, doors and water tanks.
- Empty all containers around the house that might collect water – pot plant saucers, guttering, tins, tires etc.
- Use a repellent outside especially at dusk.
If you believe or suspect that you have a spring pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Darwin for further advice.