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Mosquitoes and Midges
Everyone knows how annoying – and painful – midge and mosquito bites can be. Somehow, no matter how many you manage to swat, there always seem to be a few that manage to get through to give you a nasty, itchy bite or two.
Here are some facts that you might want to know about these nasty little insects:
They can develop from eggs to adults in just six to ten days.
They are found close to still-standing water, where their larvae feed and develop.
They seem to be attracted to bright colours.
Mosquitoes will normally bite you at dawn or dusk, or if you’re unlucky, both. That’s when their internal clocks tell them that it is feeding time.
Worried about mosquitoes? Contact us to book an appointment.
We’ll arrange a visit from one of our expert technicians to assess the midge or mosquito control problem and recommend a way to get them to buzz off.
Mosquito Identification and Elimination
Our SAPCA (South African Pest Control Association) certified technicians are experts in the habits of gnats and mosquitoes. They can provide the best treatment for your particular problem as well as advice on how to keep these insects at bay.
Mosquitoes are synonymous with the summer season, but that doesn’t mean we like it! There are a few things you can do around your home or business to prevent these biting pests.
Top Tips to Keep Mosquitos at Bay
Keep windows closed -
After dark, keep windows and doors closed or block out the light with curtains.
Insect screens -
Fit fly screens to windows.
Clear up -
Clear up dead mosquitoes, as they provide a tasty snack for other pests such as carpet beetles.
Cover water -
Cover water butts with well fitted lids to prevent mosquito larvae in the water.
Eliminate standing water -
Do not leave standing water (in watering cans for example) as this gives mosquitoes a good place to breed.
Encourage natural predators -
If you have a garden pond, think about getting some goldfish as they will eat mosquito larvae.
Natural repellents -
Try natural repellents such as citronella, neem oil, peppermint oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, witch hazel, garlic, lavender and vanilla extract.
Mosquito bites are not usually painful, but the itchiness that follows a bite can cause some discomfort.
There are simple ways you can keep safe and avoid some of the health risks associated with mosquito and midge bites.
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites
There is a greater risk of mosquito bites when you are outdoors and from dusk into night as this is when many biting insects are most active.
Luckily, there are ways you can keep safe when you are out and about.
Avoid bright colours - Do not wear bright colours or use strong scents such as perfumes and deodorants as these attract insects.
Reduce exposed skin -
Wear long sleeves, trousers, footwear and hats.
Use insect repellent sprays -
On exposed skin and repelling products or candles when sitting.
Avoid areas with water -
Keep clear of slow moving or still / stagnant water.
Tuck trousers into socks -
When hiking through brush or rough grass and avoid brushing through long grass or bushes.
Treatments for Mosquito Bites
In South Africa it is rare for mosquitoes or biting insects to transmit disease. The main risk from mosquito bites is the potential skin irritation.
Reaction to mosquito bites will vary from person to person. Symptoms that develop are just our immune system’s response to their saliva. Mosquitoes don’t actually inject anything into us when they bite.