Mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of many diseases throughout the human and animal populations of the world. In tropical countries like the Philippines, mosquito infestation can become a serious matter with diseases such as dengue and malaria easily spread through one mosquito bite.
In most species, adult females lay their eggs in stagnant water. Females of many common species can lay approx. 100 – 200 eggs during the course of their adult lifecycle. A single successful breeding pair can create a population of thousands in a matter of days.
Females don’t live longer than one to two weeks in nature. Their lifespans depend on temperature, humidity, and their ability to successfully obtain a blood meal. Males typically live for about 5–7 days, feeding on nectar and other sources of sugar.
During the rainy season in the Philippines the conditions are ideal for mosquito breeding.
How to identify if you have Mosquitoes
Sound: everyone has heard that high pitched buzzing sound while trying to sleep which is annoying
Bites: waking up in the morning with red marks on your arms and legs which can be irritating and an obvious sign you have a mosquito problem
Water: mosquitoes prefer stagnant water including dog bowls, plant trays and other garden object that hold water and it’s very common to find mosquitoes and their larvae in these areas.
The primary mosquito species of concern in the Philippines include:
Successful long term mosquito control requires a knowledge of where and how they develop. Mosquito breeding sites are not always obvious or accessible so some nearby sources will remain undetected or impractical to treat. There are many methods of control that can be implemented to reduce the number of mosquitoes including:
Larvicides: (pesticides that kill larvae) which prevent mosquitoes from maturing to adults are a very effective way of controlling mosquitoes as well as fogging. However, the preference is to find the source ie their breeding habitat and treat these areas with a larvicide.
Diesel Fogging can be carried out to eliminate breeding of adult mosquitoes by applying insecticides to the lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs, and other shaded areas, such as under decks and along foundations where mosquitoes hide during the day.
Water Thermal Fogging is the same process as diesel fogging but increases safety by utilizing non-flammable or combustible solution.
The most effective way to reduce the number of mosquitoes though around homes and neighbourhoods is to find and eliminate their breeding sites – standing water.
If you think you have a mosquito problem contact Ecokil Pest Control today.