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Protecting Your Health, Your Home from Mosquitoes

Mosquito is a health hazard not only because their bites are itchy and painful, they spread harmful diseases which when left untreated, result in pain and suffering to the victims! In Singapore, the most common mosquito-borne viral disease transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquito is dengue fever. In Singapore, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) launches strong campaigns to fight against dengue and to raise public awareness about dengue fever and how they can help to reduce and eliminate the breeding of mosquitoes in their residential homes and public places. NEA drives a strong message to do our part in ‘do the mozzie wipeout’. There is no effective vaccine for dengue fever currently. 

Do you know why do mosquitoes only bite certain people? What attracts mosquitoes to bite you? Mosquitoes are attracted to people dressed in dark clothing. This is because mosquitoes have poor eyesight and the contrast of dark clothing let them know that someone or something is there for their landing. If you wear white clothing, they might think that you are merely air currents passing by! Mosquitoes are also attracted to people whom have sweat on their body therefore those whom have just exercised risk getting bitten by this flying pest.

Mosquitoes need a blood meal to lay eggs. Therefore it is true that only the female mosquito bites! The peak activity of Aedes mosquito tends to bite more at dusk and dawn with biting usually occurring outdoor. Mosquitoes seek their prey by the exhaled carbon dioxide and the warmth of our bodies. Read on to find out how to keep mosquitoes away and how to get rid of mosquito with Rentokil Singapore today.

The rising online search trends reveal general public interest in wanting to know how to avoid mosquito bites, the best mosquito repellent and other kind of mosquito repellent device. It is no doubt that the best way to protect yourself starts from preventing mosquito bites. Here are some ways on how to repel mosquitoes:

  • Wear full sleeve clothes and tuck long pants into your covered shoes
  • Use a mosquito spray (look for deet-free products which are safe to use and apply directly on skin)
  • Stick on a mosquito repellent patch (look for deet-free products which are safe to stick on children’s clothing)
  • Light a mosquito coil when indoor

The only best mosquito repellent is to eliminate the mosquitoes and their breeding place! Mosquito protection tips are important for your family and loved ones, help to remind them especially in times of a dengue outbreak that happens at where you are living in your neighbourhood cluster.

Signs of Dengue Fever

Recognition of dengue fever symptoms is important to let the patient receive the right and proper treatment as early as possible. A person becomes infected with dengue virus through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. An Aedes mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person carrying the dengue virus. Mosquitoes are able to infect healthy individuals with a bite as they regurgitate in the process. Adult mosquito have long proboscis (mouthparts) for piercing and sucking blood. Therefore it is important to ensure that a person with the dengue virus does not get bitten by mosquitoes to prevent the spread of the disease.

  • High fever
  • Rash
  • Severe headache
  • Pain behind the eye and muscle; joint pain
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

The dengue fever is well known to cause severe joint pain and thus the name “break-bone fever” is synonymously associated with it. Once a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, the dengue virus incubates up to 7 days before the onset of a high fever. The illness can last up to 10 days with a complete recovery taking up to as long as a month.

Go to a doctor or hospital for immediate medical attention if you have one or more signs of these symptoms!

3 Common Mosquitoes in Singapore

There are three types of mosquito species in Singapore, and they are the Aedes mosquito, Anopheles mosquito and the Culex mosquito.

Mosquitoes, despite their deceiving frail appearance, they can fly a few kilometers. When mosquitoes bite, they inject an anti-coagulant into the blood vessel to prevent blood from clotting, thus producing the red spot and itch. Mosquitoes are pest because the bites they deliver cause nuisance, with people wonder on how to stop mosquito bites! As mosquitoes transmit diseases, they fall under the vector control in NEA Singapore. The five main vectors are mosquito, flea, rodent, cockroach and fly.

Aedes Mosquito

  • Day biters
  • Transmitter of the dengue virus, Chikugunya virus

Ever wonder how the dengue mosquito looks like? The dengue mosquito image is easily recognizable through their white stripes on the body and legs.

Anopheles Mosquito

  • Night biters
  • Transmitter of the Malaria disease

Culex Mosquito

  • Night biters
  • Transmitter of the Japanese Encephalitis

Mosquitoes, despite their deceivingly frail appearance, they can fly a few kilometers. When mosquitoes bite, they inject an anti-coagulant into the blood vessel to prevent blood from clotting, thus producing the red spot and itch. Mosquitoes are pest because the bites they deliver cause nuisance, with people wonder on how to stop mosquito bites! As mosquitoes transmit diseases, they fall under the vector control in NEA Singapore. The five main vectors are mosquito, flea, rodent, cockroach and fly.

Rentokil Mosquito Pest Control Services

The best way to protect your own health from mosquito borne diseases is to prevent mosquito bites. Another must-do way to keep mosquitoes under control would be having mosquito pest control services done by a professional pest control company. Rentokil pest control in Singapore covers mosquito control mainly by two methods of mosquito larvae control and adult mosquito control. Rentokil pest control will let you know on how to get rid of mosquitoes in the most effective, efficient and safest way.

Rentokil Singapore Mosquito Control: Control of Larvae

The control of larvae is important as mosquitoes breed rapidly under the right conditions and especially so in our hot and tropical weather in Singapore. Did you know? The female mosquito can lay eggs 3 times in its lifetime and lay up to 100 eggs per batch! The mosquito eggs are able to survive even the harshest conditions such as dry conditions and remain dormant for up to 9 months.

In the control of mosquito larvae, also known as ‘larviciding’, mosquito dunks and micro granules are used. This is a treatment to control the development of mosquitoes’ larvae whereby the chemicals are absorbed by the larvae to kill. The larvicide treatment at mosquito hotspots can help to reduce its infestation. A thorough inspection for any potential breeding ground will be conducted before the larvicide treatment is carried out. It must be bear in mind that some of the product used in larvae control is toxic to birds and fishes thereby extra care must be put through by professional pest control. Only licensed technicians are legalised to carry out such treatments.

Rentokil Singapore Mosquito Control: Control of Adult Mosquito

The control of mosquito adult is done mainly through mosquito fogging methods. Thermal fogging is essential to fog at the right time when the mosquitoes are active to get a more effective control. Thermal fogging kills only adult mosquitoes present within the treated area during the treatment time.

The types of mosquito fogging in thermal fogging includes oil and water based fogging. Having water based fogging is one of the more environmentally friendly options available in Rentokil Singapore. Get rid of mosquitoes now; drop us an enquiry online at enquiry.sg@rentokil.com today!

The Mosquitaire Solution

The Mosquitaire Solution resolves an infestation by acting as a mosquito trap. An environmentally-friendly product, it is safe to use in commercial places and residential homes with the need to catch large amounts of these flying pests in a large area i.e. a home’s garden

The Mosquitaire is designed to attract and trap mosquitoes by utilizing patented human-mimicking odour and vision cues. It forms a barrier between the source of mosquitoes and human, and hence increasing a greater chance in trapping the mosquitoes before they are able to reach the humans. End users can be assured on the safety of the chemical used that is not harmful to human and infants. These trapped mosquitoes within the catch bag will then die from dehydration.

The Mosquitaire Solution can be a very effective and the best mosquito trap in carrying out mosquito control. However a successful pest control always adopts an integrated management approach that requires the sharing roles in mosquito management. This is the only realistic solution. In an integrated pest management, Rentokil Pest Control is able to provide our customers with the immediate short term chemical treatment and we give our recommendations to help in sustaining long-term solutions. On the other hand, clients will need to give their on-site cooperation and start taking actions on the recommendations for an overall effective treatment.

The Mosquitaire Solution

The Mosquitaire Solution

Rentokil, the expert in pest control, has stood for effective control ever since we were founded in 1964 in Singapore and 1927 in the UK. With more than 50 years of local brand establishment and global prominence in more than 60 countries, Rentokil is committed to ensuring adequate protection for your business and family through a series of innovative solutions that are safe, effective and responsive.

Have the best mosquito protection, drop us an enquiry online at enquiry.sg@rentokil.com today!