Biting insects such as biting midges and mosquitoes pose a significant pest in many areas. Not only are these insects a nuisance because people are being being bitten, but these insects can also spread a number of diseases and viruses.
Recent wet weather patterns have delivered good rainfall across various suburbs. This rainfall has now increased ‘mosquito-friendly habitats’, with large numbers of mosquito breeding areas now available. To control these biting insects every effort to reduce their breeding habitat must be undertaken.
We recently conducted a mosquito treatment at a home in Sunnybank Hills where the home owners had become ‘prisoners in their own home’, suffering mosquito bites while relaxing in their backyard area.
With numerous mosquito species in Australia many of these target specific habitats. These habitats provide breeding environments for mosquitoes to become established and can involve areas such as:
• Salt water environments (salt marsh areas, mangroves).
• Fresh water areas (stagnant ponds, natural/artificial containers).
• Brackish water environments (tidal areas).
• Polluted water areas (blocked drains, sewerage areas).
Health issues from Mosquitoes
Some mosquito species are known carry a variety of diseases and viruses which have a dramatic effect on people. This may cause a concern for parents with young children and elderly folk, although healthy adults can also suffer from some of these medical conditions. Diseases and viruses which are known to effect a high level of human population is:
• Ross River Fever
• Dengue Fever
• Barmah Forest Virus
• Murray Valley Encephalitis
Where will I find mosquitos?
Recent storm activity has now provided mosquito friendly environments, particularly for fresh water mosquito species, a large region in which to establish breeding environments. These environments are commonly located in many urban areas such as:
• Car bodies
• Old tyres
• Box trailers
• Plants (Bromeliads, Liriopes)
• Plant Pots (reservoir types)
• Pet water bowls
• Disused swimming pools
• Open water tanks
• Blocked open drains
What can I do to reduce mosquitoes?
There are a number ways to reduce mosquito activity. The main aim is to ensure mosquito-friendly environments are altered in such a way that mosquitoes are not able to establish breeding environments:
• Remove and discard old tyres / car bodies
• Ensure boats and trailers do not hold water.
• Carefully select plants for garden environments.
• Empty plant pot reservoirs regularly (weekly is ideal).
• Empty out water and scrub pet bowls clean (weekly is ideal).
• Regularly monitor and clean/treat swimming pools.
• Ensure water tanks are sealed off from mosquitoes.
• Ensure blocked drains are flushed clean (weekly).
If you believe or suspect that you have a mosquito problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Brisbane for further advice.