Mosquito Control in Melbourne
Ridding yourself of the Mosquito Menace
There are some insects whose size is directly proportionate to how painful their bite it. One such kind of insect is the mosquito. Reading this you surely travelled back in your mind to your most painful bite till date.
Here's a fact of life - They are practically present everywhere - home, office, road, car, etc. There really is no escaping them!
Here's another fact- Successfully swatting them is a skill that only a few of us humans have mastered.
And now for the final drum roll - if you have an infestation in your residence, it is but a matter of time before you realise that these pests are constantly breeding a new and larger army against you!
Preventive measures may help you tackle the problem but hiring professional control service will ensure they are eradicated effectively, uniformly, and completely!
Are you aware of how detrimental a mosquito bite could be to...
Pregnant women: It is a commonly known fact that a pregnant mother and her child share a bond so whatever affects the mother is bound to affect the baby. Mosquitoes spread deadly viruses that can result in birth defects, birth loss and other health problem. And of course these are things you wouldn't want to witness in your friend circle, let alone your own family! Probably, having this knowledge at hand and advising a close friend or family member could go on to save the life of a baby.
Older people: Every family has an older person or two in it, and you're probably fondly thinking of a grandparent even as you read this. Now would you really want to cloud that happy thought with them contracting a deadly disease by a mosquito bite? Being older, their immunity is weaker and less able to fight allergies and diseases caused by mosquitoes.
Children: If you've known a child at any point in your life you'll know that they enjoy their freedom to the fullest by doing what they love - playing. Playing in the outdoors or even in homes infested by mosquitoes means painful bites. Very often, it may only be post getting a bite that adults realise a child is allergic to mosquito bites. Needless to say these can be just as life-threatening as the child getting mosquito-borne diseases.
Getting down to the basics, we all have a relatively clear picture of what a mosquito looks like. But there are ways to distinguish them from other tiny insects.
- Being extremely tiny in size, they are difficult to spot as they can often get confused to be another insect.
- They vary in their appearance depending on the species. But more of less they have tiny slender bodies that are no longer than 15 mm in length.
- Their scaled wings are their distinguishing feature.
- Although they appear delicate and feeble, they can do much damage while drawing blood & are actually quite resilient, surviving conditions, good or bad.
Like every living thing mosquitoes have homes, let's find out what makes the ideal home for them:
Water is what matters: The most important thing to remember is that they are attracted to water as this is where they breed and multiply. Lack of water or evaporation can kill them while still in their growth stage.
Temperature: Hot humid climates and tropical areas combine to make areas even more of a paradise to mosquitoes.
Home is where water is: Stagnant water that has collected in groves or pots, stored water, water in gutters, pools and ditches are sure spots to find them and their eggs breeding. Water helps them multiply faster. Yes, that's a sure-shot fact!
If you're wondering how that happens it's because they are a type of aquatic animal. That means that water makes the perfect living conditions for them to complete their growth cycle and feed on matter present in the water itself.
Wondering how they breathe? They often come to the surface to exhale carbon dioxide and take in a sufficient amount of oxygen.
Let's track the life stages of a mosquito
Their lifecycle is not the same. It tends to vary among the various species. To add to it, environmental conditions, the presence of water and predators in the surroundings play a huge role in determining how far a mosquito reaches in his life.
But they're not entirely different - Like other insects, they advance from stages - egg-larvae-pupa-adult. While males tend to feed on plant nectar, females need to draw blood to lay eggs. From some species eggs are laid in water while for others it is in areas that have a water source nearby. Within 24-48, eggs hatch onto larvae that float just above the surface of the water and feed on matter in the water. Larvae suck in oxygen through tubes.
And before you know it - in 10 days larvae turns into the pupa stage, while they continues to grow. Once it has reached the adult stage, it 'dries' itself out and sets flight.
Here's how to hunt down mosquitoes at home
If you want to figure out whether these pests are present and breeding in your home, here are some signs you should look for:
- A high pitched whine marks out the peculiar sound that they are known to make.
- Spotting them walking upside down on the ceiling or glass surfaces.
- Bites are an obvious and painful way to learn you have a mosquito problem.
- Stored water in and around your home attracts these pests as they serve well for breeding purpose.
- Well-watered lawns and shrubbery around your home again create an ideal home for mosquitoes.
Keeping Mosquitoes Out
Along with staying alert to signs of a mosquito infestation, here are some preventive measures you could make use of for your home or office:
- Close windows and doors as soon as evening sets in.
- Store water only if you absolutely need to but ensure it is covered.
- Clean your home regularly to rid it of any dead mosquitoes, as this could attract pests that feed on mosquitoes.
- If you have a pond or pool, introduce goldfish as they feed on mosquito larvae.
- Avoid wearing bright colours as it attracts mosquitoes.
- Tuck trousers into your socks and ensure minimum skin exposure.
Now before you take a life-long vow to swat a mosquito as soon as you see it here's what you should keep in mind. Not all species give you painful bites but if you do get bitten and the mosquito bite is bad, first clean the wound and avoid scratching the affected area. You could apply cold compress for some relief. For children and those with low immunity - if the person develops a fever, puffiness, swelling, hives, etc, visit a doctor immediately.
How Protech Pest Control fixes your mosquito problem
To start with our technician will inspect the area to figure out what has caused the infestation - whether it is the excessive greenery, or collection of water, etc.
After having done that he then will come up with a plan that yields long-term benefits. We show you all the possible areas on your property to tell you which places are attracting mosquitoes and why.
We offer treatment using microbial insecticide products, insect growth regulators to keep a tab on whether the problem returns.
Additionally we apply insecticides to vegetation to prevent mosquitoes from sheltering there.
Call us today on 1300 486 149 so we can step up and protect you from mosquitoes.
Want to identify if you've selected the right pest control service to fight your mosquito problem, here is what you should be asking yourself:
- Do they provide same day pest control service (normally)?
- Do they have over 2 decades of experience in the Pest Control field?
- Are they fully accredited and licensed to carry out pest & mosquito control services from the Victorian government?
- Do they make use of the most up-to-date non-destructive technology for mosquito control?
- What about a specialist mosquito division for inspections, reports and treatments - do they have one?
- Finally, do they guarantee their work of getting rid of mosquitoes and ensuring they do not return?
- Can they ensure you, your loved ones and the environment's safety by offering natural and biodegradable treatments for getting rid of mosquitoes?