Mosquitoes belong to the order Diptera. They have six delicate legs and two wings covered in scales. The head of a mosquito is equipped with a projecting proboscis which conceals and protects the long piercing and sucking mouthparts.
Their most obvious distriction from other orders of insects is that a typical fly possessses a pair of flight wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax.
Within Australia there are more than 300 different species of mosquito but only a small number are of major concern. Several important human diseases are transmitted throughout Australia by these insects including Dengue fever, Australian encephalitis, Ross River virus disease and Barmah Forerst virus disease; malaria has been transmitted locally in Australia only rarely in recent decades. In addition to being disease vectors, mosquitoes can cause major disruptions, through their persistent biting, to occupational, recreational and social activities.
- Spray (To be effective, a monthly treatment is recommended)
- External perimeter of buildings
- Surrounding shrubs and bushes
Our pesticides are water based, odourless, will not stain or mark and are often derived from plants
We ensure the safety of the entire family, including your much loved pets
When the pesticide is dry it is completely safe
Drying time of up to 2 hours (depending on weather conditions)
Ways to Prevent Mosquitoes in and around the Home
Mosquitoes require water to breed. Adult mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant or slow moving water, or on moist soil or leaf litter in areas likely to collect water. By eliminating these water sources, you can keep new generations of mosquitoes from taking up residence in your yard.
- Drill holes in the bottom, not the sides, of any garbage or recycling containers stored outdoors. Holes on the sides still allow enough water to accumulate in the bottom for mosquitoes to breed
- Keep gutters clean and unclogged. Be sure your downspouts drain properly, without leaving puddles in the drainage area. You may need to reroute your downspouts or add extensions to carry water away
- Keep swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated, even when not in use. Homeowners who go on vacation without chlorinating their pools may return to a veritable mosquito hatchery
- Always cover food
- Clean food and liquid spills immediately
- Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances
- Make sure all rubbish bins are tightly sealed
- Keep compost piles enclosed and covered
- Put away pet food as soon as your pet has finished eating
- Keeping doors and windows closed, or protected with fly screens
- Wear loose fitting clothes - long sleeve shirt & pants, socks of light colours
At Southcape Pest management we understand the habits of each of the many species of mosquito found in the south-west. We use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home.