The Aedes mosquito is one of the most prominent insects in Singapore.In Singapore, the battle against Aedes mosquito has been going on for decades as they are responsible for dengue fever, one of the most feared health problems today.
One of the greatest annoyances you could experience at home is a mosquito infestation. The mosquito bite can cause different reactions in people, ranging from the mildest irritation to swelling and inflammation of the skin. Not to mention the fact that a bite could potentially endanger your health. Because of all that, mosquito control is highly necessary, especially during the hot summer months. And the most efficient way to contain the spread of the blood-sucking insects is to get hold of the mosquito exterminators.Facts about Aedes Mosquitos:
- Only the female Aedes mosquito bites, as it needs the protein in blood for its eggs to develop.
- Aedes mosquito has black and white stripes. This makes them easily identifiable.
- The mosquito becomes infective approximately seven days after it has bitten a person carrying the virus. This is the extrinsic incubation period, during which time the virus replicates in the mosquito and reaches the salivary glands.
- Peak biting is at dawn and dusk
- The average lifespan of an Aedes mosquito in nature is two weeks.
- The mosquito can lay eggs about three times in its lifetime, and about 100 eggs are produced each time
- The eggs can lie dormant in dry conditions for up to about nine months, after which they can hatch if exposed to favourable conditions, such as water and food.
- Aedes is known to spread dengue fever and in some case, Yellow Fever
- Dengue is an infection that comes from the Aedes bite. It will propel to bigger problems starting from a flu-like condition and leads to fever. After that, it could lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever which could lead to death. Don’t take chances with dengue, especially if you have children at home.
Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice throughout the world and especially in the tropics because mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as Malaria and the Zika virus.
The primary preventative measure to reduce dengue infections is the control of mosquito populations since the transmission of dengue requires mosquitoes as vectors.
- Thermal Fogging
- Water Based Misting
We must maintain vigilance and sustain our vector control efforts, including:
- Ensuring proper housekeeping within compounds;
- Ensuring that routine pest control checks and treatments are sustained to prevent mosquito breeding (especially at construction sites, even if these are closed during this period);
- Removing all unwanted, water-bearing receptacles;
- Covering unused toilet bowls;
- Frequently check and remove stagnant water from common potential mosquito breeding habitats, such as pails, dish trays, flower pot plates/ trays, vases, and ornamental containers.
- Ensuring drains are free from chokage and stagnant water;
- Adding sand granular insecticide (temephos) or Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) insecticide to stagnant water bodies that cannot be removed.
- Spray aerosol insecticide in dark corners of homes, such as under the bed, behind the cupboard, and in the toilet to kill any adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes resting indoors.