Dengue virus is an infection transmitted to humans through an infected mosquito bite. It is transmitted mainly by the species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. These are the same mosquitoes that transmit the chikungunya, Zika virus, and yellow fever. 1 in 20 people with dengue will develop severe dengue, which has a risk of shock, internal bleeding, and worse, death. What’s more concerning is that up to 400 million contract dengue disease each year.
Worried about mosquitoes in your home? Keep on reading to learn exactly how pest control can help with dengue prevention!
As mentioned above, mosquitoes can transmit the dengue virus. So, once you have a mosquito infestation on your property, it’s crucial to be proactive and seek a pest control professional.
When you ask for help from a pest control company they will first send pest control experts for inspection. Effective pest control treatments start with an inspection.
Pest control professionals will look for places where mosquitoes are likely to appear, identify potential breeding grounds, and seek out the root cause of your pest problem. Sometimes, a thorough mosquito control inspection will also uncover other pest infestations that you are not aware of. For example, during the inspection, a growing termite or rat infestation might be discovered.
Once your property has been thoroughly inspected, pest control experts will know how to treat the root cause of the mosquito infestation.
Proper treatment is needed to remove the risk of the dengue virus on your property. But, keep in mind that every mosquito infestation case is unique and the treatments will need to be customized. There are over 3,000 mosquito species, and 2 of those are dengue-disease carriers (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). In addition, every mosquito species goes through distinct life cycles, which can require different pest control methods.
Mosquito control and treatment options can include management of larvae and adult mosquitoes, residual spraying, misting and fogging, and more.
One of the most effective ways to control mosquito populations is to implement the treatment when the mosquitoes are immobile and concentrated. This is when the mosquitoes are still in their immature life cycle stages, like the egg, larva, and pupa stage. This approach ensures the effectiveness of pesticides and also lessens the need for widespread pesticide application.
To combat the outbreak of dengue, it’s also important to control the population of adult mosquitoes, as these are the ones who can bite and transmit the virus to humans.
Habitat modifications might also be recommended to prevent the breeding of dengue-causing mosquitoes. The main goal is to keep these pests from finding a spot where they could lay their eggs. Pest control experts will work with you to address areas where mosquitoes can breed.
It only takes a few days for mosquito eggs to hatch, then develop into adult mosquitoes that transmit the dengue virus. Stopping the eggs from hatching is crucial for controlling the pest problem on your property.
Remember that mosquitoes will only need an inch of water to lay eggs. Overall, the life cycle of a mosquito from egg to an adult will only take approximately 8-10 days.
Once adult mosquitoes develop, the male ones will feed on nectar from flowers while the females will feed on humans and animals. Aedes aegypti, the species that can transmit the dengue virus, prefer to bite humans. After feeding, they will look for water sources where they can lay their eggs.
When you hire a pest control company, a follow-up appointment will be recommended to make sure that the mosquito treatments are effective. Further treatments will be done if needed.
Hiring a pest control company can ensure that your mosquito problems are truly eliminated and that the danger of dengue is significantly reduced.
Mosquitoes, especially the species of Aedes aegypti, are vectors of dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika virus. While most people affected by dengue will recover after a week, 1 in 20 people can develop severe dengue and die. To remove or significantly reduce the risk of dengue virus on your property, it’s a good idea to consider pest control.
Now that you know how pest control can help with dengue prevention, protect your loved ones’ health from this growing endemic! As a reputable pest control service provider in the Philippines, our team at Topbest is here to tell you that the most important thing to do to prevent dengue is by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds from your home in the first place. Mosquito prevention and control is the key to avoiding dengue.
Don’t hesitate to book a free pest inspection with us here at Topbest! With years of experience providing pest control services in the Philippines, you can rely on us to solve your mosquito problems. Rest assured that our specialists and exterminators will provide you with protection from mosquitoes, effectively reducing the risk of dengue!