Mosquito Control: Should You DIY or Hire A Mosquito Control Service?

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Mosquitoes are the cause of annoyance and diseases in some homes of Singapore. With stagnant water sources and ineffective at-home solutions to combat these pests, it has become crucial to hire professional mosquito control services. In Singapore, a population of 5.45 million people are at risk of getting infected by diseases transmitted from mosquitoes. It is important to nip this problem in the bud. After having battled a Dengue outbreak in 2020 adding to their plate of Covid-19 cases, lives can’t be put at stake again. To control mosquitoes in your homes it is of essence that you hire skilled professionals who can eliminate them at affordable prices. It is the responsibility of pest management and control professionals to introduce effective methods to look out for the health of their customers and rid them of not just diseases but annoyance as well. In comparison to any other creature, mosquitoes prove to risk more lives in a domestic household. With viruses like Zika and West Nile becoming more common, it is only wise to hire mosquito control services in Singapore.

8 home remedies to get rid of mosquitoes in Singapore

  • Coffee Grounds: Coffee grounds are one the best options if ones home is dealing with the annoyance of mosquitoes. Most mosquito problems arise and spread due to stagnant water. Pouring coffee grounds into the stagnant water will deprive the mosquito eggs of getting any oxygen once they hatch out of their eggs. Coffee grounds are a great mosquito repellent and reduce the number of larvae present in the stagnant water.
  • Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil to repel mosquitoes also repels other pests. Despite the scent of lavender oil being so calming for us, it has the opposite effect on pesky mosquitoes. This happens since lavender oil has compounds like limonene, linalool, eucalyptol, and camphor, all of which are natural mosquito repellents. One can make a mosquito repellant spray by adding 10-12 drops of lavender oil, 3-4 tbsps of vanilla extract, and 3-4 tbsps of lemon juice into the bottle with distilled water. This spray can repel mosquitoes and keep the surroundings pleasant and safe.
  • Mint: Mosquitoes can not stand the smell of mint. Fresh mint or mint oil and when placed strategically around the home, repels mosquitoes. One can also start growing mint shrubs in pots on the balcony and nip the issue in the bud. Studies performed on one particular mint type – Mentha spp. M. piperata or peppermint –  found that the plant can be effective at deterring mosquitoes for up to 45 minutes when applied topically in its essential oil form. Mint can also be extremely useful when it comes to trying out natural mosquito repellants with children because mint plants carry a soothing scent that is not as pungent as other options available naturally. Children can also apply mint oil directly from the plant itself by crushing the leaves in their palms and then applying it to their skin.
  • Dry Ice: Mosquitoes have a keen sense of smell that allows them to detect their prey from 50 meters away. Female mosquitoes sniff the air to do this. Dry Ice aids this process through sublimation. Sublimation is the process where dry ice warms up and goes right from a solid to a gas. Dry ice is composed of carbon dioxide, which humans exhale when we breathe. This makes the mosquito believe that humans are around and are attracted to it. Instead of repelling mosquitoes from dry ice attracts them. It can be placed anywhere and once the mosquitoes are attracted they can be trapped using any store-bought bug trap.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil contains numerous anti-bacterial properties that are extremely beneficial in treating different injuries and illnesses. It is simple to make at home and create a homemade tea tree oil spray from it. Water and tea tree oil are all it takes to rid ones home of mosquitoes.  Add 10 drops of tea tree oil and 30 ml of coconut oil to your spray bottle with distilled water to make it even stronger.
  • Basil Leaves: When it comes to deterring mosquitos, basil is the way to go.  Several compounds found in basil (known also as Ocimum basilicum) were “highly toxic” to a wide range of mosquito larvae. 1 Along the same lines, 2011 literature found that basil leaves alone provide a 79% efficiency when it comes to deterring several mosquito species. The same literature review also found a topical application of basil oil to be 100% at deterring mosquitos in a laboratory setting.  When mosquito larvae eat basil leaves, they die instantly. All one has to do is purchase or pot a basil plant for their home. It can also be concocted into a mosquito-repellant spray.
  • Citronella Plant or Candles: Citronella is a well-known ingredient in the mosquito-repellent world. Many people keep them on hand in candle form. Getting a citronella plant or a candle will keep the mosquitoes at bay. In a dose by dose comparison, citronella is initially as effective as DEET. Though, citronella oil evaporates quickly, which means it is only effective for a short time in comparison to citronella candles. Also, high concentrations of citronella can cause skin irritation.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Mosquitoes hate the smell and taste of the vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is one of a few natural ingredients that create a shockingly effective mosquito repellant spray when mixed. Combine one-quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar with one-quarter cup of witch hazel. Add some essential oils for scent. Once mixed with eucalyptus or citronella, put the concoction in a spray bottle. It is a fresher, nicer smelling, and less toxic alternative to keep the mosquitoes away for good. One can also use this spray to treat and soothe existing, painful mosquito bites.

Which diseases do mosquitoes cause?

Other than being irritating and a constant victim to human claps, mosquitoes are accompanied by painful bites and fatal diseases which no one needs to get their hands on. 

  • Malaria: Caused by the Plasmodium parasite is transmitted through the bite of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. This virus affects the liver and red blood cells. Symptoms include vomiting, fever, and frequent headaches. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit malaria and they must have been infected through a previous blood meal taken from an infected person. One must keep away from places that are infested with these mosquitoes, however, that wouldn’t be possible if this place were to be your home.
  • Dengue: Dengue fever is caused when a female Aedes aegypti mosquito bites a human being. Symptoms of Dengue include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, bone pain, bleeding gums, bleeding nose, and might, in some cases, escalate to a hemorrhagic fever. Dengue fever is caused by any one of four types of dengue viruses. It is not possible to get dengue fever from being around an infected person. Dengue fever is only spread through mosquito bites. The two types of mosquitoes that most often spread the dengue viruses are common around human residences.
  • Zika: This virus is transmitted by an infected mosquito of Aedes species. The symptoms of these are joint pain, muscle pain, high fever, and headache. It is especially dangerous since there is no vaccine to treat Zika yet. The cycle of Zika virus transmission is such that it is often spread to a person through the bite of an infected mosquito. If a mosquito bites a person already infected with the virus, the virus ends up infecting the mosquito. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another person, the virus enters that person’s bloodstream and causes an infection.
  • Chikungunya: Chikungunya is a virus caused by mosquitoes belonging to the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species. It causes high fever, joint and muscle pain along with severe headaches. This mosquito-transmitted virus has no treatment as well and the infected person is recommended to get plenty of rest. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the joint pain associated with chikungunya is often debilitating and can vary in duration. Due to the challenges in accurate diagnosis for chikungunya, there is still no real estimate for the number of people affected by it globally on an annual basis. The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human residences is a major risk factor for Chikungunya.

Conclusion: 

To avoid being affected by diseases such as Malaria, Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, and other mosquito infections and infestations it is crucial to hire mosquito-repelling and controlling services. There are plenty of mosquito control services in Singapore on Carousell. 

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