Mosquito Pest Control

Mosquitoes are a scourge across the globe, causing millions of deaths every year. They are active during the hot and wet summer months and can be extremely irritating. Within Australia, several important human diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes, including Dengue fever, Australian Encephalitis and Ross River fever. Mosquitoes can also cause major disruptions to life and social activities through their persistent biting, which can cause allergic reactions.

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From Preparation to Treatment

Mosquitoes need still water to breed, which means the first point of treatment is often the removal of stagnant bodies of water. This starts with a thorough inspection by one of our expertly trained technicians to identify any potential high risk areas where mosquitoes may be breeding.

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Once the area has been inspected and high-risk breeding grounds removed (eliminating mosquitos in larval form) we use a number of high-quality products to eradicate and control adult mosquito infestations that may have already appeared in the area.

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Use of products are excellent at dealing with existing infestations but for on-going protection, Electronic Flying Insect Controls can be installed by Flick Pest Control to target mosquitoes and other flying pests such as flies.

Common Mosquito Questions

  • 01What are the key characteristics of mosquitoes?

    Mosquitoes have only one pair of wings, and long thin legs with a distinct proboscis attached to their heads. Their wings and bodies are covered with tiny scales. Full grown mosquitoes vary in size from 3mm to 30mm (depending upon the species). There are around 3,000 different species. Mosquitoes are found in a variety of habitats. However, adult mosquitoes rely on water sources to lay eggs, you will most likely find them in or near stagnant bodies of water. This includes floodwater, ditches, woodland pools, and bodies of water found in backyards, like pools, ponds and bird baths.

  • 02What do mosquitoes feed on?

    Mosquitoes feed on sweet nectar, fruits and other sugary substances. Female mosquitoes also feed on the blood of humans as they need nutrients to develop eggs. While males only exist for reproductive purposes, females have a proboscis, a long tube (their mouth), which is able to penetrate the human skin to suck blood and garner nutrients.

  • 03What factors attract mosquitoes to humans?

    Mosquitoes have such an affinity for humans because they are attracted to human sweat. When we perspire, we release odours which attract mosquitoes. Bacteria which reside on human skin emit substances which mosquitoes can detect, e.g. lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia. Mosquito bites tend to be more frequent on exposed parts of the body such as the wrists and ankles. Female mosquitoes can also detect carbon dioxide from over 50 metres away, which we emit every time we breathe out.

  • 04Why are mosquitoes attracted to some people and not others?

    Mosquitoes have always seemed to be more attracted to some people than others. Researchers have discovered that O blood types are twice as likely to be attacked than A blood types. People with Type B are of average likelihood to be bitten. Scientists have also discovered that approximately 85% of people secrete a chemical signal that indicates which blood type they have, while 15% do not – and mosquitoes are more attracted to secretors, regardless of blood type. Therefore, genes play a big part in whether you’ll be attacked at the BBQ!

  • 05Do I need professional mosquito control?

    Thanks to our hot summers and breeding conditions that mosquitoes love, treating Australian “mozzies” requires a multi-faceted approach. If you’re experiencing an infestation, Flick’s expert technicians will visit the problematic location and find the breeding sites. They will identify and remove any stagnant water sources, apply high quality pest control products and install Flying Insect Control systems.

Common Mosquitoes

Common Mosquito

Appearance

Length ranges from 0.125 to 0.75 inches. Mosquitoes have one pair of functional wings, and three pairs of long legs. Distinguished from other flies by veins on their wings and beak-like, sharp sucking mouth called a proboscis.

Lifestyle

Mosquitoes need water to breed, which is why they are often found near stagnant water sources. Pest control efforts will usually involve the removal or treatment of standing water sources. Insecticides are also employed to kill infestations of adult mosquitoes. As major vectors of disease, it is important to tackle a problem quickly, particularly in hot areas.

Habits

While many mosquitoes feed on sweet nectar and sugary substances, females of some mosquito species feed on blood, which they need for their ovaries to mature and for their eggs to develop. This “vampire” tendency sees them feed not only on humans but also on mammals, birds, lizards, bats and more for its blood meal. Rather than humans, their first choice is usually horses and birds.