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Mosquitoes are undoubtedly the deadliest pest in Singapore, specifically, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In 2019, a sharp increase in their population due to warmer temperatures lead to the number of dengue cases surging to 5 times that of last year, including 5 deaths.
An Aedes mosquito takes only 8 to 10 days to become an adult. When the temperatures are higher, this process is sped up, which also means that the dengue virus that they carry also have shorter incubation period. This is why it is definitely more effective to carry out preventive measures rather than reactive ones like mosquito repellents and setting up a mosquito net.
Furthermore, with 60% of the mosquito breeding sources found in residential homes, it is of utmost importance to be aware and actively take measures to prevent and get rid of mosquitoes at every possible stage of their life cycle.
The recent introduction of the Zika virus within the region gives more cause for worry when it comes to mosquitoes in Singapore. With no known cure at the moment this virus causes fever, joint pains and rashes. For pregnant women, these lead to congenital anomalies in their unborn babies.
Our IKARI experts first locate the areas where larva, the immature mosquitoes, are harboring by inspecting the property for areas where water is conducive to the mosquito life cycle. This includes places like birdbaths, flowerpots, water gardens, rain barrels, pool covers, puddles, pet drinking bowls, etc.
Eliminating mosquito eggs from the property first largely reduces the mosquito population. IKARI experts use fogging, the latest and proven technique as to how to get rid of mosquitoes. It is done at dusk when mosquitoes in Singapore are most active and looking for food.
The fog targets flying mosquitoes that may be carrying dengue and other deadly viruses. The best part is that fogging is very safe for human beings as the quantity of the insecticide is very small that can only kill something as small as a mosquito.
- Hiding Spots
- Food Sources
- Prevention Tips
- Turn over water containers and keep them dry when not in use
- Change the water in pots/vases every few days
- Loosen hardened soil in potted plants every other day
- Look out for and remove water in drying rack, pot plates, clogged drains and gutters regularly
- Clear clutter in external areas
Dark and humid areas
Females feed on blood, males feed on plant nectar