Reclaim your outdoor areas from mosquitoes...
For professional mosquito control and specialist mosquito treatments call the experts at Go Pest Bendigo. We carry out mosquito treatments across central Victoria.
Mosquitoes are certainly annoying and if you have a mosquito problem, it can make it virtually impossible to entertain outside. Of course, it’s important not to forget that mosquitoes can also transmit a range of debilitating diseases such as Ross River fever and Japanese encephalitis.
Whereas it’s impossible to eliminate 100% of mosquitoes, with some smart mosquito management tips and a professional mosquito treatment, Go Pest will let you reclaim your outdoor areas from mosquitoes.
Reclaim your outdoor areas from mosquitoes - call the experts at Go Pest
As many mosquito species breed in small stagnant bodies of water, if you can remove the breeding sites, you can significantly reduce the mosquito population around your home. (See below for our tips on eliminating mosquito breeding sites).
If it is not possible or practical to eliminate some bodies of water, in many cases we can apply a larvicide to the water which will kill any larvae present and break the life-cycle, preventing new larvae developing for a month or more.
The idea with a mosquito treatment is that in addition to killing any mosquitoes present at the time, the aim is to apply a layer of insecticide to the hiding places where mosquitoes rest.
Mosquitoes will typically rest in sheltered areas, under the leaves of plants and under outdoor furniture. As such, we apply our mosquito treatments using sprayers or foggers to all the potential outdoor mosquito resting places.
The idea is to create a mosquito interception barrier around your property. Any mosquitoes flying onto your property are likely to rest in these areas, pick up the insecticide and die. Scientific research has demonstrated these treatments can reduce mosquito numbers by up to 90% and last for up to 3 months.
Safety is our number 1 priority at Go Pest – humans, pets and the environment. Bees are sensitive to all insecticides so we need to be careful when applying.
The good thing about mosquito treatments is that all the areas where we apply the insecticides aren’t areas that bees are active or rest, so the chances of bees coming into contact with the insecticide are small. That said, we don’t apply if there are flowering plants nearby, just in case.
The key step homeowners and businesses can take to reduce mosquito numbers is to eliminate mosquito breeding sites. Many species of mosquitoes don’t fly very far and breed in small, stagnant bodies of water. So if you can eliminate the breeding sites, you can reduce the mosquito population around your home or business.
Note: The mosquito life-cycle can be completed in as little as two weeks, so even in periods of persistent rain, as long as you empty plants pots, etc every 10 days or so, you will break the mosquito breeding cycle.
Mosquitoes carry an number of viruses that can cause illness in humans. In Victoria, the key mosquito borne diseases are Ross River fever and Barmah Forest virus. These diseases can be debilitating causing flu like symptoms and joint pain (often long lasting), but are not fatal.
However, there are occasional outbreaks of more serious diseases, such as Murray Valley encephalitis and Japaneses encephalitis. For many who contract these diseases there are no symptoms or mild flu like symptoms, but some will go on to develop brain infections (encephalitis) – causing headaches, convulsions, confusion and potentially death. Only 1 in 250 patient develop these more severe symptoms in the case of Japanese encephalitis and 1 in 1000 in the case of Murray Valley encephalitis.
Protection from mosquito bites is always a good idea. Covering up with long sleeved tops and long trousers or using personal mosquito repellent provides the best protection when out and about. Of course a professional mosquito treatment around your home will significantly reduce mosquito numbers and the chances of getting bitten too!