Mosquito control is an important issue as apart from being generally annoying, mosquitoes can carry debilitating illnesses such as Ross River Fever, Barmah Forest Virus, Murray Valley Encephalitis and Malaria.
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
Mosquito control in Queensland is the legislative responsibility of Local Government.
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.
The focus of this story is about the home owner and what the home owner needs to be aware of to help reduce the threat of mosquitoes around their property.
Home owners’ can reduce the number of mosquitoes around their property by:
- 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.
Amalgamated Pest Control can help in a number of ways by offering the home owner 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
Those looking for an additional, more-targeted solution to mosquito problems 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 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.
If you are unable to enjoy the great outdoors because you are the target of mosquito or midge bites, give us a call at Amalgamated Pest Control on 1300 858 834.