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.
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.
The best prevention is to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitos.
Mosquito species can be categorised as:
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:
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 Pest Control Australia to discuss some mosquito control options. Mosquito bite prevention can be an important step in preventing heartworm in your pets.
Pest Control Australia 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.
To name just a few:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Aedes aegypti) mosquitoes only live and breed around humans and buildings, and not in bush or rural areas.
Mainly mornings and evenings.
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.
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,
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.
Culex Annulirostris, Aedes vigilax (salt marsh mosquito) and Aedes notoscriptusbeing are the most common.