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Dengue & Zika Virus Industrial Mosquito Protection

With temperatures rising and the intensity of rainfalls increasing worldwide, the density of mosquitoes is also expected to increase considerably. On Feb 18 2016, the local authorities has forecast a historic high of 30,000 dengue cases this year, nearly a third higher than the previous of 22,170 cases in 2013, citing warmer temperatures and a change in the type of dengue virus in circulation as among the factors for the expected surge. Dengue is a concern illness for everyone as there is no drug to cure for it.

Did you know? Mosquito can lay eggs about 3 times in its lifetime, and about 100 eggs are produced each time.  The eggs can lie dormant in dry conditions for up to about 9 months, after which they can hatch if exposed to favourable conditions, i.e. water and food. They live long to create misery to humans. Life span of a female mosquito is 2 to 3 weeks and the male lives 1 to 3 weeks. Mosquitoes can smell human breath. They don’t like to travel far and most mosquitoes remain within a 1 mile radius of their breeding site. As they have poor eyesight, they use extremely sensitive thermal receptors on the tip of their antennae to locate blood near the surface of the skin when they are 10 feet away. The range of these receptors increases threefold when the humidity is high.

How does the Aedes mosquito harm humans? The dengue mosquito is known as the Aedes mosquito (scientific name Aedes aegypti) as it is the type of mosquito being the carrier for dengue fever.  Only female mosquitoes bite humans. It requires blood meals to acquire protein for the development of eggs; they have proboscis that can pierce through skin surfaces to extract blood. This action causes the skin to develop small red bumps which may lead to severe itching or allergies. Dengue viruses can also be transmitted to humans through bites of infective female Aedes mosquitoes. Dengue mosquitoes generally acquire the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person. After virus incubation for 8 to 10 days, an infected mosquito is capable, during probing and blood feeding of transmitting the virus for the rest of its life. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, exhaustion, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands and rash. Dengue can be fatal and life-threatening.

Industrial and manufacturing premises involve intensive management ranging from facility & infrastructure maintenance, a seamless and robust production schedule and health and safety of the workers. Which are the potential breeding sites in an industrial premise? Discarded receptacles, closed perimeter drains, gully traps, roof gutters, toilet bowls and plants. What can you do to protect your staff? By practising good and regular housekeeping in your work premises such as filling up ground depressions, disposing discarded containers properly and clearing choked drains and roof gutters regularly, incidents of mosquito breeding can be kept under control.

Mosquito pest control and mosquito fogging for your premise

Rentokil Singapore focuses on urban mosquito species, particularly Aedes. It trains its technicians in mosquito behavior, identification, monitoring and control, so that they can use the best control techniques for any particularly situation. This proactive preventive measure protects your business reputation to avoid huge financial penalty risk.  Rentokil technicians are trained to identify sources of infestation, particularly standing water. Mosquito control solutions is recommended such as water based mosquito fogging which is effective in adult mosquito’s control in outdoors. It is safe as it utilises non – flammable or combustible solution and maintains a low-smoke environment. The chemical used in is more environmental friendly as compared to the oil based fogging. This is less thick and kills flying insects, discharging chemical outside the air.

Throughout Singapore, dengue cases are making waves in weekly news headlines. Online search trends have shown that many people are looking for the best mosquito repellent available to give themselves the best mosquito protection. Many are also testing out DIY methods on how to get rid of mosquitoes. With most of our time spent either at home or at the work place, it is equally important not to neglect mosquito control duties at your work premise. Especially in an industrial work place, health and safety is top priority for all employees.

Rentokil Pest Control in Singapore helps to protect you and your colleagues at the work place, drop us an online enquiry today enquiry.sg@rentokil.com

Zika virus: What you need to know about the Zika virus

The Zika virus has been a hot trending topic for many months. Since the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been closely monitoring the situation.

Singapore has since confirmed its first case of Zika virus infection on May 13, 2016

There is a need for you to be aware of this disease that is spread by the Aedes mosquito, the same carrier for the dengue virus.  Health risks linked to the Zika virus are still under investigation with one of the major concerns linking to birth defects, risking pregnant and soon-to-be pregnant women.   

Symptoms of people with Zika virus display common signs such as rash, red eye, muscle and joint pain, headaches and fever. The best way to treat a patient is to relieve these symptoms, which will usually last for 7 days.

Did You Know? There is no vaccine for the Zika virus. The best form of protection is to prevent from getting mosquito bites.  Learn how to keep mosquitoes away below.

Getting your mosquito protection done - How to keep mosquitoes away

Tips on preventing the Zika virus from getting to you:

  • Use insect repellent
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Keep vegetation trimmed in garden areas
  • Remove stagnant water, fix dripping water facets
  • Use fans to circulate air around rooms
  • Step up pest control inspections with regular mosquito control measures in place

Know how to get rid of mosquitoes today!

Mosquitoes depend on food, water and shelter to breed; you can do your part in helping to keep your work place to remain pest-free…

  • Remove possible breeding grounds, including puddles of water as small as a twenty-cent coin, wet surfaces and water left in containers
  • After it rains, regularly check your premises for leaf litter, pails, canvas sheets, trays and other containers that can hold water
  • Cover all containers that you use to store water
  • Discard any bulky items within your premises

Knowing most of the how tos on how to keep mosquitoes away is not enough. Whether it is for our fight against the dengue virus or the Zika virus, it is important to do our part to stop the spread of these mosquito-borne diseases and to stop the breeding of the Aedes mosquito population in Singapore.

Rentokil Pest Control Singapore has over 50 years of experience in mosquito pest control solutions. Remember, one of the best form of mosquito protection is to reduce the potential breeding sites available for these Aedes mosquito!  Even with the best mosquito repellent available and yet you do not address the root cause of mosquito breeding in your premise, the health and safety of your employees is at risk of moquito-borne diseases. 

Moquito control methods offered by Rentokil Singapore cover comprehensive areas in treating both the mosquito larvae and adult mosquitoes.  Larviciding is a treatment to control the development of moquitoes larvae; a thorough inspection for any potential breeding ground on your premise will be conducted. This is to ensure that the best mosquito protection is given to you and your employees.

To control adult flying mosquitoes, water-based mosquito fogging is recommended. Water-based fogging is a more environmentally-friendly option as compared to oil-based fogging. It produces less smoke and does not leave behind a layer of diesel or kerosne like what oil-based fogging does.

Did You Know? For the best and most effective mosquito fogging- It is essential to fog at the right time when the mosquitoes are active to get a more effective control as the fogging kills only adult mosquitoes present within the treated area during the treatment time.

Industrial mosquito control for the larvae and flying adults are one of the ways to help in your mosquito control solutions for your business premise and to protect your employees from health risks pose by the Aedes mosquito in Singapore.

Rentokil Singapore shares our expertise and useful tips; learn how to get rid of mosquitoes today! Rentokil Pest Control in Singapore helps protect you and your colleagues at the work place, drop us an online enquiry today enquiry.sg@rentokil.com