How A Pest Control Company Can Help with Dengue Prevention

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How can a pest control company help with dengue prevention?

  1. Inspects your property thoroughly 
  2. Understands the most effective mosquito treatments
  3. Prevents mosquito breeding
  4. Follows up with mosquito control 

 

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! 

 

Inspects your Property Thoroughly 

Inspects your Property Thoroughly 

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. 

 

Understands the Most Effective Mosquito Treatments

Understands the Most Effective Mosquito Treatments

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. 

 

Prevents Mosquito Breeding

Prevents Mosquito Breeding

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. 

 

Follows Up with Mosquito Control 

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.

 

Key Takeaway

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!

Understanding the Behavior of Dengue Mosquitoes

Feeding Pattern and Biting Behavior

What are the important things to remember regarding dengue mosquito behavior?

  1. Preliminaries
  2. Habitat and Reproductive Cycle
  3. Feeding Pattern and Biting Behavior
  4. Tips for Mosquito Control

 

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, otherwise known as the dengue mosquito, is an insect that has been under scrutiny recently due to the widespread outbreaks of the dengue virus. Since the virus is yet to have a vaccine that has been proven to be effective, mosquito control and prevention are still the main priority when it comes to combating the dengue epidemic.

This brings us back to the Aedes aegypti. As the only vector for the disease, knowing its specific characteristics and behavior is crucial to effective mosquito control. No one wants to be afflicted with the potentially lethal disease, so for that not to happen being informed is the first step. Here is what you need to know about dengue mosquitoes and their behavior.

 

Preliminaries

Preliminaries

Before going into specific behavioral information, it is always important to be reminded of the basic information. The Aedes aegypti is a small, dark mosquito with white, lyre-shaped markings and banded legs. They are the only mosquitoes aside from other members of the Aedes genus that can transmit the dengue virus.

In terms of the virus itself, there are four known kinds of dengue and getting infected with any one of the four leads to the same symptoms and complications. Getting infected would also mean developing a life-long resistance to the virus itself, but do not forget that there are four variations and that you are only going to be immune to the specific type of dengue you have already contracted. This means you can potentially be infected with four different types in four separate instances if you’re unlucky. Just because you’ve recovered from one instance doesn’t mean you’re already safe. Complacency should be avoided.

Now that we have the preliminary information out of the way, it’s time to bring the focus back to the insect itself because there is much to know about them.

 

Habitat and Reproductive Cycle

Habitat and Reproductive Cycle

If you didn’t already know, the Aedes aegypti is an insect that likes to live and breed around wet areas, especially open sources of water. This is because their eggs and subsequent larvae can only survive in water. After male and female mosquitoes mate, a process that can be as quick as fifteen seconds, the female will need a good amount of nutrients to help produce the eggs i.e. protein-rich blood.

This is where it will go out and find people and other organisms to bite. After successfully producing the eggs, the female mosquito will find a water container, be it natural or artificial, to lay their eggs in. This can come in the form of a tree stump, a flower pot, discarded tires, buckets, tin cans, gutters, and many more as long as it has stagnant water. Aside from that, places that are within close range to where humans live are ideal larval habitats. Underground collections of water are also not out of the question.

 

Feeding Pattern and Biting Behavior

Feeding Pattern and Biting Behavior

Since females are the only ones that require blood as a food source, they are the only ones that bite other organisms. They prefer biting people because human blood is usually protein-rich and has nutrients. However, they also bite other creatures like dogs and other domesticated animals. Male Aedes aegypti are content with consuming plant nectar and will not bite.

Aedes aegypti bites are most common during the day, specifically two hours after sunrise and a couple of hours before sunset. However, don’t feel complacent at night because well-lit areas naturally attract mosquitoes and they will still bite if the opportunity arises. In terms of where they prefer to bite humans, the Aedes aegypti has been observed to prefer biting from behind, targetting your ankles and elbows.

 

Tips for Mosquito Control

Tips for Mosquito Control

Now that you have information to work with, here are a couple of tips for mosquito control that you can use to help prevent the spreading of dengue:
Source reduction – eliminate unnecessary container habitats that collect water because mosquitoes can, and will, breed their larvae in those habitats.

In connection to source reduction, using direct water sources and minimizing the use of wells and other water containers as a water source will be helpful.
To prevent bites, use mosquito repellant or wear long-sleeved clothing to protect your elbows and ankles.

If possible, look at the mosquito biting you because Aedes aegypti will have white marks on its body. It’s hard to miss it once spotted.
Contact your health authorities if you see an alarming amount of mosquitos in your area so that they can conduct an inspection and implement the necessary countermeasures.

 

Key Takeaway

A Dengue epidemic can be frightening, especially if it happens in your area. However, there’s no need to panic because there are things you can do to combat it and avoid getting infected. It all starts with being informed and then acting upon the information you’ve gained.