With the warm weather and good rainfall the Hunter Region has received so far this year it has created perfect environment for mosquito breeding. Our outdoor lifecycle continually brings us into regular contact with these pests and in turn can put us at risk of contracting diseases and parasites that can affect our health. There are numerous potential health problems associated with Mosquitoes such as including Ross River Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Heartworm (in dogs).
This year already in the Hunter Region there has been in excess of 25 confirmed cases of Ross River Virus which has been transmitted via mosquitoes. Summer and autumn are when transmission of this virus are at its peak. The weather is still warm which means that this pest can stay alive longer and potentially spread Ross River Virus.
How to get rid of mosquitoes’
The first step to managing mosquitoes around your home is in your own backyard. A lot of mosquitoes breed in fresh water. Their eggs are laid in fresh or brackish water and the larvae live in fresh water for a period of time until they pupate and eventually leave the water which they were born in as adult mosquitoes. The number one thing you can do is inspect your property for containers or reservoirs that can hold rain water. Mosquitoes will breed up in anything that can hold water. Even an old small container as pictured below can created a big problem for you.
Removing items such as this so they can’t collect water is your first step. Things to look for that are similar could be bottles, cans, plants, watering dishes, tree hollows, open rainwater tanks, guttering, ponds, tyres and tarps. All capable of being fantastic breeding areas.
Fish ponds can be a problem also. If you have a fish pond in your yard it’s a good idea to stock it with fish that will eat mosquito larvae.
How do you treat mosquitoes’?
Not all mosquitoes that are in your yard will have bred somewhere in your yard. They will fly in from neighbouring properties. It does become necessary to complete a treatment to the external areas of your home.
Amalgamated Pest Control can provide good barriers to strategic areas around the outside of your home which greatly reduces the number of mosquitoes that will frequent your yard. Treatments are targeted at areas mosquitoes fly to and rest on when they first arrive in your property. If mosquito barriers are applied correctly it can last for up to six weeks I have provided many treatments for mosquitoes and have had great results and feedback from customers. A treatment such as this at the start of autumn will provide excellent relief from these pests through to the colder months when mosquitoes are not as much of a threat.
There are also environmentally friendly treatments that can be applied to water sources such as ponds which are targeted directly at the larvae so that they can’t grow into adult mosquitoes.
If you’re concerned about mosquitoes at your home, call Amalgamated Pest Control Newcastle today.
(02) 4488 4019