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MOSQUITO TREATMENT SERVICES
Our Professional mosquito control system does the following:
- Kills mosquito larvae and prevents them from maturing.
- It uses mosquitoes that come in contact with the treatment and spreads the mosquito killing agent to every place it goes.
- This product offers a solution that also protects areas with flowering plants and does not harm useful insects such as bees and butterflies.
- This pest is covered in our Mosquito Pest Control Treatments.
COMMON mosquito QUESTIONS
A few ways to keep mosquitoes from biting you are by wearing appropriate clothing, using repellents, and avoiding peak mosquitoes hours at dawn and dusk.
In residential properties they live in wall cavities,Do your best to remove stagnant water puddles, tall grasses, shady groves, and humid areas of the lawn. If possible, reduce your time spent outdoors during dusk and dawn hours. cupboards, boxes, furniture and burrows in gardens. Commercial properties are always a target especially where there is waste and open pastures. They can affect any type of business even if its clean and tidy as the conditions inside and outside the premises play an important role.
Mosquitoes can be eliminated in one of two ways: prevention or professional mosquito control.
The most effective form of mosquito control in the Atlanta area is found in Tuxedo Mosquito Control.
Mosquitoes are not very picky pests and can live in many gardens, homes, and lawns. However, they are particularly adverse to dry, hot properties with little access to share or water.
Even if mosquitoes are known for spreading some serious illnesses, they cannot spread all pathogens equally. Illnesses such as Ross River Fever, dengue, Japanese Encephalitis virus, and chikungunya are considered the most common mosquito-borne diseases in Gold Coast
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How Pestoffman Mosquito Control’s Misting Services Work
Knowing the facts about mosquitoes is one thing, but knowing how to protect and prevent them is quite another. In this case, relying on the professionals at Pestoffman Mosquito Control may be the best and most efficient alternative for a pest-free home.
Pestoffman Mosquito Control is perhaps best recognized for our award-winning mosquito misting and mosquito spraying services.
We harness the power of the Mistplus System, offering a fully automated and tankless misting system against many species of mosquito.
Misting systems are timed to the most active mosquito periods in your lawn and will dispense two automated mosquito sprays per day to catch pests in the act.
Mosquito Mist systems not only eliminate the problem mosquitoes before they have a chance to bite you, but they reduce your risks for contracting serious illnesses as well.
The Pestoffman Mosquito Control system has protected hundreds of happy Gold Coast customers for several years. Don’t wait until your mosquito situation becomes dire. Take back your lawn by contacting your Pestoffman today! For comments, questions, or concerns, submit an online contact form right away.
Mosquito pest control price
- Mosquito pest control price for a standard sized garden is $179
- Please contact us for a free evaluation of your property
Types of mosquitoes
There are a number of different mosquitos that can impact you.
The Gold Coast City Council mosquito control programs target:
- freshwater-breeding mosquitoes (Culex annulirostris)
- saltmarsh mosquitoes (Aedes vigilax)
- container-breeding mosquitoes (Aedes notoscriptus).
Mosquitoes breed quickly after rainfall, including the common banded mosquito (Culex annulirostris), the most abundant freshwater mosquito in South East Queensland.
Freshwater-breeding mosquitoes breed in:
- shallow freshwater pools
- grassy drains and depressions
- rural areas or suburbs with open space, which includes most of Brisbane.
The common banded freshwater-breeding mosquito is a carrier of Ross
River and Barmah Forest viruses in South East Queensland. Other
freshwater breeding mosquitoes can also carry these viruses, as well as
heartworm, which effects cats and dogs.
Gold Coast Council controls freshwater-breeding mosquitoes and other mosquitoes
on public land, however private landowners are responsible for managing
of the control of mosquitoes on their land.
Saltmarsh mosquitoes (Aedes vigilax) breed in saltmarsh and mangrove habitats in Gold Coast . These areas cover much of coastal Gold Coast and Brisbane from the Pine River in the north to Tingalpa Creek in the south. Boondall Wetlands and Tinchi Tamba Wetlands are also a prime habitat for this mosquito.
The saltmarsh mosquito is Brisbane’s most significant mosquito pest due to:
- large numbers simultaneously hatching after trigger events such as heavy rain or high tides
- adults being highly mobile and dispersing inland at least five to 10 kilometres
- female mosquitoes having highly aggressive biting behaviour
- having the capacity to carry Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses.
Saltmarsh mosquitoes can be a particular problem during times of low rainfall as their eggs are conditioned to hatch in greater numbers after a period of drying out.
Generally, rain over 30 mm or high tides over 2.4 m can trigger a hatching event and biting activity can be expected approximately 10 days later. The adults live for about one to two weeks.
Larval mosquito treatments are targeted after each hatching event, where mosquito eggs hatch into larvae.
Saltmarsh mosquito lifecycle
Adult female and eggs
Adult female emerges and her first batch of eggs is laid. The females then disperse (at least 10 km) in search of a blood meal with the aim of returning to the saltmarsh to lay more eggs.
The female saltmarsh mosquito lays her eggs on damp soil at the base of saltmarsh vegetation around the high tide mark and at the edge of impounded pools in mangroves. These eggs dry and become dormant.
They hatch weeks to months later when submerged by tide or rainwater that refill the depressions.
Adult saltmarsh mosquitos only live for about 1-2 weeks.
Larvae are aquatic and develop into pupae in as little as 5-6 days (in warmer months).
This is the only time the mosquito is vulnerable to Gold Coast Council’s eco-friendly treatments. Council needs to treat the saltmarsh mosquito larvae in their breeding pools before they emerge with either Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) or methoprene.
- Bti only effects larvae for the few days before they pupate and the larvae need to ingest it for Bti to work.
- Methoprene works by disrupting larvae-to-pupae development, killing the larvae.
These products only target larvae and are safe for people, pets and the general environment. They are treated by helicopter, with ground support from our All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) teams.
There are usually only a few days available after a hatching event to successfully control the larvae with these products.
If not treated, in 1-2 days pupae develop into flying, adult mosquitoes.
The female will begin life again by laying her first generation of eggs.
Almost every residence in Gold Coast provides habitats for the common backyard mosquito, or container-breeding mosquito (Aedes notoscriptus).
Container-breeding mosquitoes breed in:
- natural containers such as:
- tree cavities
- made containers such as:
- pot plant saucers
- bird baths
- discarded tyres
- garden rubbish
- unmaintained swimming pools
- poorly-maintained rainwater tanks.
The Adult container-breeding mosquitoes lay their eggs above the water line in containers.
The eggs remain dormant until rain or watering fills these containers, triggering the eggs to hatch into larvae.
All Adult mosquitoes will be abundant about a week after this happens.
This species also occurs in winter in well-watered gardens and can transmit heart worm to pets.
The Dengue mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) are container-breeding mosquitoes which do not currently occur in Gold Coast and it is vital we keep these mosquitoes out of all Gold Coast areas.
Help keep these mosquitoes out of our city and suburbs by remembering that anything around your property that can fill with water is a potential breeding site.
Control of this species requires property owners to be aware of breeding sites and remove or manage them.
Ways to protect yourself from Mosquitoes
You can protect yourself by:
- limiting your time in mosquito-prone areas, especially around dawn and dusk
- wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing with long sleeves and long trousers
- using a personal insect repellent containing picaridin or DEET on exposed skin
- screening doors and windows or using air conditioning
- sleeping under a mosquito bed net
- using mosquito coils, lanterns and insecticide emanators
- switching on a fan as the airflow produced will help keep mosquitoes away
- managing containers which can become water-filled around your property
- screening and maintaining your rainwater tanks.
Rainwater tanks and mosquitoes
Scientific reports have suggested unmaintained rainwater tanks may be the means for the dengue mosquito re-establishing in Brisbane. Rainwater tanks that are not properly sealed and screened can provide ideal conditions for these types of mosquitoes to breed all year round.
You can stop mosquitoes breeding in your rainwater tank by:
- ensuring there is no debris in the tank
- cleaning roof guttering to prevent water pooling
- ensuring water does not pool on the tank lid
- sealing all entry routes to the rainwater tank including inlet and overflow pipes with mosquito-proof screens.
A gap the size of a matchstick head is enough to let mosquitoes into your tank to lay eggs.
Mosquito-proof screens should:
- have openings less than one millimetre
- be made of stainless steel or aluminium
- be secure but removable for cleaning. In some systems, screens can be incorporated into a rainhead, first flush device or underground filter pit.
If you find mosquito larvae (or “wrigglers”) inside the tank, you can eliminate them by adding a small amount of liquid paraffin or edible kitchen oil to form a thin film on the surface of the water. This stops any hatched mosquitoes flying off.
It is further recommended, you find out how the mosquitoes got into your rainwater tank and make necessary repairs to ensure your tank is sealed.
- Latest Gold Coast Mosquito News
A Gold Coast Councillor says mosquitoes have “reached plague proportions” in the city, after recent record-breaking rainfall created ideal breeding conditions.
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