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Mosquito Control and Treatment: A Beginner's Guide


Mosquito control treatment in Singapore

Mosquitoes are probably one of the deadliest pests in the world. They cause itchy bites and spread life-threatening diseases. A mosquito infestation spreads quickly due to their speed of reproduction. Therefore, taking precautions and proactive measures are important in controlling the spread of mosquitoes. In this article, Bingo Pest shares the types of mosquito control solutions available to tackle mosquitoes in their different life stages and environments.


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Types of Mosquitoes in Singapore

Did you know? There are more than 80 species of mosquitoes in Singapore. Most of these mosquito species are uncommon and harmless as they do not pose any dangerous health threats to humans.


The most common and nasty types of mosquitoes found in Singapore include:

  • Aedes Mosquitoes

  • Culex Mosquitoes

  • Anopheles Mosquitoes

Understanding the habits and life cycle of mosquitoes can potentially help to prevent an infestation from happening. The below table summarises the characteristics of the dangerous mosquito species:

Aedes

Culex

Anopheles

Egg to Adult

6 to 8 days

6 to 10 days

6 to 10 days

Habitat

Clean water in containers

Polluted stagnant water and drains

Clean, unpolluted water

Appearance

White and black stripes on thorax and legs

Brown scales on thorax, legs, and wings

Pale and dark marks on wings

Disease

Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya

Japanese encephalitis

Malaria

What Harm Does Mosquitoes Bring?

A mosquito infestation is a serious problem and can lead to a variety of consequences, including deaths. While it is uncommon for an outbreak of Malaria and Japanese encephalitis to happen in Singapore, we still face serious threats in Dengue. In 2020, Dengue took 32 lives in Singapore, causing more deaths than COVID-19 in the same period. Similar to COVID-19 symptoms, a Dengue patient can also experience the below symptoms:

  • Fever that lasts for 2 to 7 days

  • Headache and pain behind the eyes

  • Muscle and joint pain

  • Rashes on the skin

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Mild bleeding in the nose or gums

Signs of Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is considered a severe illness because there is currently no specific medicine or vaccine available to treat or prevent it. If you suspect that you have a Dengue Fever, seek advice from a healthcare provider and drink lots of fluid to hydrate your body.


Besides the diseases that mosquitoes bring, they also leave itchy (sometimes painful) bites and excessive scratching can cause an inflammation of the skin and eventually lead to scarring.


What Causes a Mosquito Infestation?

A pest infestation happens due to the availability of food sources, moisture and shelter. Mosquitoes breed in water and require blood meals to reproduce. Generally, a dark, humid and shady spot is an ideal place for mosquitoes to hide. There are several factors that may attract mosquitoes to breed in your home:

  1. Poor gardening habits leaving water in plant trays and vases

  2. Storage and arrangement of pails and containers that collect water

  3. Clutter that offers spaces for mosquitoes to hide

  4. Overlook blind spots that catch water such as gutter

  5. Including lots of plants in your home decor

  6. Lack of mosquito control and prevention treatments

Tips to Get Rid of Mosquitoes In Your Property

Did you know? Mosquitoes can breed in a puddle of water as small as a 20-cent coin. A mosquito egg can take slightly less than a week to turn into an adult. Moreover, with the humid and warm climate in Singapore, it can speed up their life cycle and lead to an increase in adult mosquito population. Therefore, the best way to prevent a mosquito infestation is to check and remove any signs of stagnant water. In particular, look in the following hot spots to check for mosquito breeding:

  • Drains and gutters

  • Vases and plant trays

  • Unused pails and containers

  • Sinks

Besides conducting regular checks on your own, engaging and hiring a mosquito control expert can help remove any existing infestation effectively.


Professional Mosquito Control Solutions in Singapore

There is a mosquito treatment to suit every need and budget. Conventional and traditional mosquito control methods have limited efficacy. This can be due to several reasons including:

  • Short-term protection with low residual effect

  • Do not eliminate root source of the mosquito infestation

  • Mosquitoes developed insecticide resistance

  • Harmful to health and the environment

In this section, Bingo Pest shares more about the different professional mosquito treatments available to eliminate mosquitoes.


Thermal Fogging to Exterminate Adult Mosquitoes

Commonly known as mosquito fumigation, thermal fogging is conducted outdoors and works by eliminating adult mosquitoes flying in the air and those resting on plants or items. At Bingo Pest, we utilise the water-based fogging technique to get rid of adult mosquitoes. This method removes the need for diesel, making it more eco-friendly without compromising the quality and efficacy of the treatment.


Get rid of mosquito larvae

Larviciding Treatment to Remove Mosquito Larvae

Besides taking actions to control adult mosquitoes, getting rid of mosquito larvae and pupae is critical in ensuring a total and complete mosquito control. Bingo Pest conducts larviciding by spraying larvicide in areas that catch water such as drains. Essentially, this kills the larvae and pupae and aids in preventing the immature mosquitoes from turning into adults.


Protect Your Home with Indoor Misting

Indoor misting helps get rid of a wide range of pests and flying insects in your property. They include:

  • Mosquitoes

  • Flies

  • Booklice

  • Ants

  • Cockroaches

  • Lizards

  • Spiders

The colourless and water-based misting solution kills any presence of adult mosquitoes without staining your fixtures, walls or furniture.


Indoor Mosquito Control Units to Trap Adult Mosquitoes

There has been a rise in the popularity of indoor mosquito traps in recent years. These traps utilise UV rays from lights to attract mosquitoes and flies. Subsequently, these pests are sucked into and contained within the traps, resulting in death due to dehydration.



In2Care Mosquito Control Solution

An integrated mosquito management programme includes a combination of solutions that are able to work 24/7 to effectively and safely get rid of mosquitoes in their different life stages. Bingo Pest adopts the use of In2Care Outdoor Mosquito Trap for constant protection against mosquitoes. The solution works by:

  • Attracting mosquitoes to lay eggs within the trap and contaminate them with the active ingredient

  • Prevents larval development and kills larvae in the trap, hence preventing them from turning into an adult.

  • Stops the infected mosquito from biting and spreading of harmful diseases. The mosquito dies within the next few days.

  • Contaminates and spreads the active ingredient to other breeding grounds, hence killing other mosquitoes and their larvae.

The use of the trap is approved by the National Environmental Agency (NEA) and is regularly maintained by our experienced pest specialists. The solution is safe for use in most environments and poses no risk for non-targets including fish, birds or pets.


Price of Mosquito Control

The price of mosquito control can range from $100 to over a thousand dollars. As with pest control for other pests, the mosquito control price may vary depending on the below factors:

  • Type of mosquito solution used

  • Frequency of mosquito treatment

  • Size and area of treatment

  • Severity of the mosquito infestation

  • Choice of pest control company

Customise an Integrated Mosquito Control Treatment

At Bingo Pest, we trust that pest control should be made affordable for all so that everyone can improve their standard of living. Hence, we ensure that our mosquito control treatments are effective yet competitively and reasonably priced.


In addition, we believe in establishing an integrated approach to get rid of mosquitoes in all stages of their life cycle. This aids in removing the root cause of the infestation, which results in a faster and total control of the mosquito problem.


Speak to a pest specialist from Bingo Pest Control to share your needs and requirements today. We offer a free consultation and preliminary site inspection to help you establish a better understanding about the situation and accurately identify potential mosquito breeding grounds.


Contact us for your pest control needs at 6517 9989 or submit an online enquiry today.

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