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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

1. Identify Your Pest

Mosquitoes can be easily known as the deadliest pest in the world. With Zika and Dengue on the rise in Singapore, mosquitoes soon become a top pest that pose serious health risks to all.

Swollen, red and itchy bumps on your skin and you have not noticed the 3 to 4 bites that have already long formed. Attacking you by surprise is just the world's deadliest pest- the Mosquito. But hey! Which type of mosquito has just bitten you? If you are ever lucky to catch sight of the flying insect that has just bitten you, you could identify the type of mosquito and the dangers it comes with.

  • The Aedes Mosquito (carrier for Dengue & Zika virus) : Black and white markings on legs and body; bite at dawn and dusk
  • The Anopheles Mosquito (carrier for Malaria) : Has pale and dark markings on its wings; bite more at night
  • The Culex Mosquito (carrier for Jap B Encephalitis) : Dull in colour; has pale and dark markings on its wings; bite more at night

But take no chances in eliminating this deadly pest whether they are Aedes, Anopheles or Culex mosquitoes.

Did you know? Mosquitoes are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide, and tend to bite people who have just exercised. Bigger people attract more mosquitoes because they produce higher carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

Knowing the signs of mosquito problem is important to control an infestation that could get out of control when breeding conditions and our local tropical hot and wet weather are especially favorable. Larvae or pupae growing in stagnant water in drains, flower pot plates, discarded tyres and other receptables, gulley traps, roof gutters are signs of an infestation and all provide mosquitoes a good place to breed and hide in.

2. Choose Your Method

DIY or Professional?

How to get rid of mosquitoes? When it comes to getting rid of mosquitoes, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option requires the purchase and correct use of mosquito traps as well as doing your part in helping your environment to remain pest-free by identifying and removing all possible mosquito breeding grounds.

The professional option requires you to find your local pest control company in Singapore to get rid of the problem for you.

DIY Mosquito Control Options

If you decide to control a mosquito problem on your own, you have a few basic options available.

The first step is to visit to a DIY home appliance store and purchase an indoor mosquito trap device. This device is a simple set up requiring the use of UV light powered by electricity. This helps control flying adult mosquito population.

Flying insect screens can be installed at windows and main door ways. These screens are effective in keeping out adult mosquitoes from flying into your indoor premises from the outside. In the bedroom, install mosquito netting and keep the room cool. Warm temperatures increase the sensitivity of mosquitoes thermal receptors and make it easy for them to located blood near skin surfaces.

Putting in mosquito granules and spraying bug control concentrate on potted plants and water receptables help prevent potential breeding opportunities.

Public paranoia builds towards getting bitten by a mosquito and possibly contracting Dengue or Zika. With mosquito repellent sprays and repellent patches literally flying off the pharmacy shelves, an effective repellent commonly includes citronella. Citronella is a natural ingredient found in these repellents as it irritates mosquito feet and prevent them from landing. Mosquito repellents have to be deet-free to be safe for children use.

Mosquito DIY control methods possess limitations for effective mosquito control. The best mosquito control works hand in hand together with indoor, outdoor protection along with due dilligence in keeping homes and work places free from breeding grounds.

What you can do to help prevent mosquitoes infestation:

  • Remove possible breeding grounds, including puddles of water as small as a twenty-cent coin, wet surfaces and water left in containers.
  • Cover all containers that you use to store water.
  • Discard any bulky items within your premises that encourage the rampant breeding of mosquitoes.
  • Check your premise for leaf litter, pails, sheets, trays and other containers that may trap water regularly.

Benefits of a Professional Mosquito Control

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Home and in Your Business

With rising cases of Dengue and Zika in Singapore, staying vigilant and stepping up protective measures is critical, to protect your health and safety.

Zika virus is especially a concern for many pregnant women in Singapore as it can potentially harm unborn babies affecting growth and development in later stages when the baby is born. The Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, the same carrier for Dengue. Most people whom are infected do no develop any symptoms.

In serious cases, these diseases transmitted by the Aedes mosquito could be fatal without prompt medical care.

Take important steps today to protect your family and employees. Ensure your home or work place is adequately protected, as mosquitoes attack at various life cycles, including both indoor and outdoor environment.

  1. Control and reduce the adult mosquito population with water-based fogging solution.
  2. Control the development of mosquito breeding or larvae in stagnant water with Larvicide treatment.
  3. Install an external mosquito trap to further control the mosquito population from neighbouring sites.
  4. Install an internal mosquito trap to control indoor mosquitoes entering from windows, doors or gaps.

Did you know? Male mosquitoes don't bite, female mosquitoes suck blood to get protein for eggs development.

Professional mosquito control help to address the limitations of DIY mosquito control with an integrated solution that is required to combat both indoor and outdoor risks.

How To Choose your Pest Control Professional

To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

Key criteria for Selection:

  1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices.
  2. Affiliated associations - membership of recognized industry associations such as the Singapore Pest Management Association will ensure your services are provided by a trained, insured and trusted company, which has to comply with strict membership criteria.
  3. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to neighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction.
  4. Transparency complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable.
  5. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

Why Use Rentokil

With Rentokil Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

With over 50 years of experience serving pest control customers, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

  • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
  • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
  • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
  • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.

3. Take Action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your flea and tick problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

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