15 Mar 6 mosquito management tips
Comparatively to other types of pests, mosquitos are by far the most dangerous type of pest. This is because of their ability to carry around deadly diseases such as: malaria, filariasis and dengue. On a worldwide scale, they have contributed to millions of death. But even today in Singapore, there are many who still do not see them as a great threat and are not actively taking precautionary measures to prevent the growth and spread of such pest. These pests can seriously affect your workplace environment and even lead to loss of reputation and even income.
Understanding their common breeding grounds
Mosquitos need water in order for them to lay their eggs. Female mosquitos can lay over 100 eggs at one time and will lay their eggs onto stagnant water, and their eggs can hatch into larvae in 24 to 48 hours. The larvae and pupae cannot survive without water.
Common indoor breeding places:
- Potted plants
- Vase and containers that might carry water
- Pails used for cleaning
- Toilet bowls
- Water leakage puddles
Common outdoor breeding places:
- Potted plants
- Roof gutters
With a clear awareness of where mosquitos would normally breed, one can start to do proper checks regularly to ensure mosquitos infestation does not occur.
Remove stagnant water
It is essential that one checks for potential breeding grounds and ensure that there is little chance for stagnant water to be present. One should also look out for sources of water leakages; such as: air conditioning drainage leakage, and other structural areas of a building that might trap and contain water, especially after a rainy day.
Other susceptible places include: swimming pools. Ensure that they are properly chlorinated.
Remove Dense Vegetation
It is said that adult mosquitos love to rest in shaded areas during the day. Thus, one way to prevent them from gathering is to remove any dense vegetation and overgrowth.
Use Mosquitos Repellents
To protect your staff, it is encouraged that you use proper repellents that will help your staff from being bitten by mosquitos. If you are aware that it is difficult for your premise to be completely free of mosquitos, then it is advised that companies should place the mosquito repellents strategically for staffs to access and use them.
Some DIY Ways To Repel Mosquitos
- Boil garlic in water – store the water in a spray bottle and spray it around your room
- Spray lavender oil around your room
- Place fresh mint or plants around your room
- Spray basil oil or place basil leaves or plants around your room
- Light camphor (about 20 minutes, you’ll notice that there will be much lesser or no mosquitos in your room)
Engage a Pest Company To Do Thermal Fogging
All in all, it requires expertise to locate the source of mosquitos breeding spots, and create a long-term mosquito infestation prevention strategy. A professional will be able to do intense thermal fogging to ensure that larvae, eggs and adult mosquitos are being dealt with effectively. In addition, many professionals offer complimentary site visits to identify the right long-term method to use to reduce the sources of mosquitos breeding.