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Are You Afraid to Go Out?
Do mosquitoes and biting midges cramp your lifestyle? Mosquitoes and biting midges in general are prolific breeders. They abound in tropical and sub-tropical areas where conditions are perfect for their existence. Our outdoor lifestyle often brings us in contact with them, since we enjoy sharing the same type of habitat.
Apart from causing annoying itchy bites that can really limit outdoor activities, mosquitoes can also carry diseases and parasites that can affect you and your pets, including Ross River Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Heartworm (in dogs).
Can Anything Be Done?
Mosquito and biting midge management has entered a new age of technology that is proving a great relief to thousands of Australians. At Amalgamated Pest Control we can provide a range of services that can help you get on top of your mosquito and biting midge problem. However you can make a start.
The first step to reducing the problem is looking in your own backyard. Many mosquito species breed in fresh or brackish water. They are known as container breeders and will breed up in anything that will hold free water including plastic containers, bottles, cans, plants, watering dishes, tree hollows, open rainwater tanks, guttering, ponds, tyres and tarps.
If you find an item or area on your property that collects water, then if possible change the situation so that the water can run away and not pool. If you have fish ponds, then make sure they are stocked with suitable fish that feed on mosquito larvae.
Of course not all mosquitoes and biting midges you encounter breed in your backyard. Many will fly in and often come from saltwater marshes and other similar habitat. Local councils do an excellent job in keeping the numbers of these pests to a minimum, however they cannot stop them breeding altogether. That’s why you can still suffer – especially in the summer months.
How Can Amalgamated Pest Control Help You?
We can help in a number of ways.
Many property owners are discovering great relief in the mosquito and biting midge residual ‘Barrier’ treatment that we provide. Some have been virtual prisoners in their homes until we provided this service. The treatment is targeted at areas where mosquitoes and biting midges will rest when they first arrive on your property. The treatment is effective for a number of weeks and relief can be noticed immediately. Many customers that previously could only enjoy their views from inside, now spend their days and evenings out in their pergolas and gardens where they want to be.
Our trained technicians can provide ongoing advice on how to maintain your property to reduce or eliminate local breeding by identifying existing and potential breeding sites.
We can also offer environmentally friendly treatments targeted at larvae in free water areas (e.g. ponds). These treatments affect the growth hormones and of the mosquito larvae and are very target specific.
Large Properties and Commercial Sites
We have access to recognised vector control consultants who can provide complete mosquito and biting midge management plans and strategies for your site.
Where Do I Start?
Contact your local branch of Amalgamated Pest Control today. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can really start enjoying the great outdoor lifestyle Australia has to offer.
Photos courtesy of Dr Richard Russell - Department of Medical Entomology
University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, Australia