There’s no getting away from the fact that mosquitoes are an annoying problem around many homes. In fact according to Brisbane City Council, mosquitoes are at the highest levels that they have been for 15 years and this is despite the council spraying over 4400 hectares of public land recently. It’s thought that heavy rain and recent tidal events have caused the population of the salt marsh mosquito (one of the most prolific kinds in the country) to boom.
The issue is that although mosquitoes can deliver a painful and often itchy bite they also carry disease. With names such as
- Ross River Virus
- Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE)
- Barmah Forest Disease
- Kunjin Virus
- Dengue Fever
many people throughout the world who have contracted any of the above diseases have been left in a serious condition and in some cases have died.
For this reason it’s important to try and eradicate them from your home and surrounding area, but how do you do that?
The best way by far to control mosquitoes is to get rid of their breeding sites. As they love stagnant water, make sure that it doesn’t collect in equipment or unwanted containers such as plant pots, plastic containers, or old steel drums. These are like a home from home to any mosquito. Not only this, it gives you a good opportunity to tidy up your outside space too. They also like to breed in areas such as water tanks. Ideally you want to make sure that your water tank has a close fitting lid, but in addition if you’re collecting rain water in your tank you might want to fit a debris catcher which prevents small particles including mosquito larvae from entering the water supply.
What about your home?
How about installing a good quality patio enclosure or insect screening doors and windows. This is a great way of keeping mosquitoes and indeed other pests out of your home leaving you to open windows and doors and enjoy your outside/inside space without fear of an insect invasion. Finally try to wear looser clothes. A mosquito bite can easily penetrate through clothing even tough materials such as denim jeans. Therefore if it’s tight to the skin, chances are you’re probably going to feel it. When sleeping you might want to invest in a mosquito net or alternatively spray on some quality insect repellent.
Here at Down Under Insect Screens and Security, we’ve been providing and fitting quality screening and patio enclosures for many years. If you want to be insect free in your house, then contact us for a competitive quote on 07 3807 3355 today.