Mosquito Control

Mosquito Control – Average Lasting 6-8 weeks

(Up to 4 months, depending on the enviromental pressure in your area)

HOW CAN I HELP STOP MOSQUITOS BREEDING?

Yes, you can help prevent mosquito infestation. Stopping mosquito breeding is everyone’s business!
Mosquitoes can breed in very small amounts of water. The best way to prevent mosquitoes breeding around your house and yard is to empty water from all containers, such as buckets, pot plant bases and bird baths, weekly.

  • Keeping your yard clean and free of discarded items like plastic containers, tyres and old appliances
  • Draining water that accumulates in yards and workplaces.
  • Empty water from pot plant bases, including self watering pot bases weekly and wipe them out
  • Regularly check the integrity of water tank screens and replace damaged screens
  • Removing debris from storm drains
  • Ensure water tank first flush devices are regularly maintained
  • Ensure boats and tarpaulins are stored undercover, as they can hold water.

Some species of fish have been found to be very effective in controlling mosquito populations; these fish eat mosquito larvae and also control the algae that provides protection to the larvae. However, choosing the right fish is important. Fish that are native to local waterways help ensure that local ecosystems are not disturbed; these fish are also better suited to local conditions and are readily obtained.
We all play an important role in reducing mosquito breeding in and around our homes, business and yards.

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HOW CAN I PREVENT FROM BEING BITTEN BY MOSQUITOS?

The best prevention is to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitos.

  • Avoid being outside during times of peek infestation of mosquitoes eg. early evenings in the warmer months
  • Screen sleeping and living areas
  • Use insect repellents and wear protective, light coloured clothing
  • Check your home regularly for potential mosquito breeding areas
  • Any uncovered water containers should be emptied regularly.

WHAT ARE MOSQUITOS ACTIVITY TIMES?

Mosquito species can be categorised as:

  • Diurnal – active during the day
  • Crepuscular – peaks of activity at dawn and dusk.
  • Nocturnal – active during the night

HOW TO TAKE PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND PETS FROM MOSQUITO BITES?

Unfortunately our beloved children and pets are particularly vulnerable to mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes that breed around your house and yard can give your dog heart worm. So by stopping mosquitoes from breeding you will protect your family and pets.

The best prevention is to take precautions against Children and pets being bitten by mosquitos:

  • Avoid being outside during times of peek infestation of mosquitoes eg. early evenings in the warmer months
  • Screen sleeping and living areas
  • Use insect repellents and wear protective, light coloured clothing
  • Check your home regularly for potential mosquito breeding areas
  • Any uncovered water containers should be emptied regularly.

If you don’t like the idea of lathering your family in mosquito repellent every time you step outside to enjoy Queensland’s beautiful weather, contact Impact Pest Solutions to discuss some mosquito control options.

Mosquito bite prevention can be an important step in preventing heartworm in your pets.

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Impact Pest Solutions recommends using pet-safe mosquito repellants, and never use products with DEET on your pets. DEET is highly toxic to dogs and cats.  We suggest you discuss any pest repellant ingredients with your veterinarian before using them on your pets.

WHAT ARE SOME NATURAL MOSQUITO REPELLENTS?

To name just a few:

  • Citronella Oil
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil,
  • Geranium oil,
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Cedar Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Clove Oil

Mosquitoes are guaranteed to destroy any outdoor activity. Especially after floods, storms and cyclones, as stagnate water from heavy rainfall and flooding provide the perfect conditions for mosquito breeding. Of course with increased numbers of mosquitoes, this can lead to an increased risk of being bitten, then in turn an increase in mosquito-borne diseases.

WHAT TYPE OF MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASES ARE IN QUEENSLAND?

Because some mosquito types that can transmit disease breed in domestic environments, we all play a very important role in reducing mosquito breeding sites around the home and workplace.

Each year in Queensland, there are over 3000 cases of mosquito borne disease, with the most common being Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus and Dengue. Mosquitoes live and breed in different environments. Some live and breed in containers holding water around your house and yard while others are found in salt marshes or freshwater pools in the natural environment.

DENGUE FEVER

What is Dengue Fever?

Description-The dengue mosquito, or Aedes Aegypti, is the main type of mosquito that transmits dengue fever and is typically found in North Queensland. The Asian Tiger mosquito, or Aedes albopictus, typically found in the Torres Strait. is another type of mosquito that has the potential to spread dengue fever but in Queensland Torres However there is a significant risk this type of mosquito will spread to the mainland of Queensland.

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Is Dengue Fever a viral disease?

Yes, Dengue Fever is a viral disease spread only by certain mosquitoes – mostly Aedes aegypti.  Towns in north Queensland that have Aedes aegypti are prone to outbreaks of dengue when the virus is brought in by travellers.

Are there stages of Dengue Fever?

There are four types of dengue virus, numbered 1 to 4. After infection, a person is immune only to that particular type. Further infections with a different type have a higher chance of severe or complicated dengue.

Dengue mosquitoes are not born with dengue virus in them. But if one bites a sick person having the virus in their blood, that mosquito can pass it on to another human after about a week. The mosquitoes remain infectious for life, and can infect several people.

Once infected, people start to get sick up to 3 to 14 days after a bite from an infected dengue mosquito. While sick with dengue (from the day before fever, up to 12 days after), another bite could give the virus to another dengue mosquito. This could start the next cycle of disease.  Dengue does not spread directly from person to person.

What type of Mosquito carries Dengue Fever?

(Aedes aegypti) mosquitoes only live and breed around humans and buildings, and not in bush or rural areas.

What are the Activity Times of a Dengue mosquito?

Mainly mornings and evenings.

What is the Breeding Cycle of a Dengue mosquito?

After the females have a feed on blood, they lay eggs in artificial containers containing water. The eggs hatch into ‘wrigglers’ or larvae, which develop into adult mosquitoes over a week or two.

Where is the Dengue Mosquito found in Queensland?

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ROSS RIVER FEVER

What is Ross River Fever?

Description – Ross River virus disease occurs widely in Australia.  Ross River virus (sometimes called epidemic polyarthritis) is a disease caused by a virus which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Is Ross River Fever a viral disease? 

Ross River virus infection doesn’t spread from human to human, in fact it actually spreads from animals to humans by a number of different types of mosquitoes with Culex annulirostris, Aedes vigilax (salt marsh mosquito) and Aedes notoscriptusbeing most common.

Most cases are recorded northern and central Queensland between February and May. Queensland,

What are Ross River Fever  Symptoms and timeframes?

Those who become infected with Ross River virus will recover, however, the time taken to recover fully is prolonged in some people.

Most people become unwell within three to 11 days after being bitten by an infectious mosquito. When infected, Ross River virus causes inflammation and pain in multiple joints (epidemic polyarthritis).  The symptoms can include fever with joint pain and swelling which may then be followed in one to ten days by a raised red rash affecting mainly the trunk and limbs.  The rash usually lasts for one to ten days and may or may not be accompanied by a fever.  The joint pain can be severe and usually lasts two to six weeks.  Some people, especially children, may become infected without showing any symptoms.

 What type of Mosquito carries Ross River?

Culex Annulirostris, Aedes vigilax (salt marsh mosquito) and Aedes notoscriptusbeing are the most common.

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Culex Annulirostris Mosquito

What are the Activity Times of a Ross River Misquito?

  • Culex annulirostris – after sundown and in the early part of the night.
  • Aedes vigilax – The female mosquito will bite by day or night and will bite people, other mammals and birds. Peaks flying and biting times are just after sunset and before sunrise.
  • Aedes notoscriptusbeing – s bites people and mammals. It bites by night or by day in the shade.

What is the Breeding Cycle of a Ross River mosquito?

  • Culex annulirostris – Breed in permanent bodies of fresh water
  • Aedes vigilax (salt marsh mosquito) – Breed in salty pools in mangroves and salt marshes after flooding by spring tides and heavy rains.
  • Aedes notoscriptusbeing – Breed in containers close to homes and other human activity such as bird baths, pot plant saucers and backyard rubbish holding water.

Please contact Impact Pest Solutions on (07) 5448 9455 to discuss mosquito prevention to help protect your family and / or business.

 

Sunshine Coast Council Mosquito UPDATE: 29/11/17

Mosquito Management on the Sunshine Coast

Mosquitos – Bli Bli and surrounding suburbs

Mosquitos – Landsborough, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mtns and Beerburrum

Mosquitos – Caloundra West, Bells Creek, Golden Beach and Pelican Waters

Mosquitos – Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum and Yaroomba