In the coming days and weeks, right around Sydney, Mosquito numbers are expected soar. Most coastal areas of Sydney are already experiencing unusually high numbers of mosquitoes and the problem is only going to get worse.
Spring of 2014 was the warmest on record in Sydney which helped set the scene and give these pests a good head start to the season. We had a very wet start to summer combined with very hot days and the excess water combined with the warm conditions is ideal for optimum mosquito breeding. If you think the numbers of mosquitoes are already high, they’re only going to get higher over the next several days when King Tides are set to hit the east coast.
Coastal Wetlands, mangroves and mudflats around Sydney such as along the Parramatta River, Georges River and Hawkesbury will flood and provide ideal conditions for mosquitoes to thrive. From these areas they can and will fly surprising distances and become a menace in backyards and around homes. The Saltmarsh mosquito, which is already being found all over coastal Sydney is expected to increase in numbers from their breeding sites in these wetlands where millions of them can hatch after flooding from King Tides.
With these and plenty of common mosquitoes around, it’s definitely time to look at your own home and ensure you are not providing areas for them to breed and survive.
Where do Mosquitos Breed in Homes?
The first thing you should be looking for are water sources. This is the number one thing you can do. Inspect your property for containers or reservoirs that can hold rain water. Mosquitoes will breed up in anything that can hold water. It could be a plant pot, container, bottles, cans, ponds or even a tarp that’s been lying around. If you come across anything like this you should be able to tell if weather or not this is their breeding site.
If it is you should see mosquitoes hanging around and their larvae in the water. These larvae are referred to as wrigglers due to the way they ‘wriggle’ around in the water. They are fairly easy to spot. Something as trivial to humans as a container left outside, can mean life for mosquito populations.
The next areas you want to check are gutters, if blocked and holding water they will be an ideal place for breeding. Look also for tree hollows and check to see if you have open rainwater tanks that they could be utilising. Drains are a big great breeding site. Often water can be sitting in a drain because it may in some cases be blocked or it may hold water.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes?
When we find a breeding site such as the drains pictured above, we apply a larvacide desgined to place a thin film over the water surface killing the immature stages of the mosquito and disrupting the lifecylce.
Aside from treating the water surfaces where required, we will apply a residual barrier treatments to strategic areas around the outside of your home which greatly reduces the number of mosquitoes that will frequent your yard. Resting surfaces on structures such as external walls, eaves, patio ceilings, barbeque areas.
Treatments are targeted at areas mosquitoes fly to and rest on when they first arrive in your property
Foliage areas, low shrubs, bushes and small trees are another area we will inspect and treat. If you have a mosquito problem and have low shrubs and bushes in your yard, brush or shake them. You should see mosquitoes fly away. They love to rest under leaves and in dense foliage.
If mosquito barrier treatments are applied correctly they can last for up to six weeks. We have provided many treatments for mosquitoes and have had great results and feedback from customers. A treatment such as this at the start of summer will provide excellent relief from these pests.
If you’re concerned about mosquitoes and are looking for Summer Protection against them and other summer pests, call Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney today.