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Mosquitoes and Biting Midges

Mosquitoes and biting midges in general are prolific breeders. They abound in tropical and sub-tropical areas where conditions are perfect for their existence. Our outdoor lifestyle often brings us in contact with them, since we enjoy sharing the same type of habitat.

Rural property owners are discovering great relief in a mosquito and biting midge ‘Barrier’ treatment. The treatment is targeted at areas where mosquitoes and biting midges will rest when they first arrive on your property. The treatment is effective for a number of weeks and relief can be noticed immediately.  

Apart from causing annoying itchy bites that can really limit outdoor activities, mosquitoes can also carry diseases and parasites that can affect you and your pets, including Ross River Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Heartworm (in dogs). The first step to reducing the problem is looking in your own backyard.

Many mosquito species breed in fresh or brackish water. They are known as container breeders and will breed up in anything that will hold free water including plastic containers, bottles, cans, plants, watering dishes, tree hollows, open rainwater tanks, guttering, ponds, tyres and tarps. However not all mosquitoes and biting midges you encounter breed in your backyard. Many will fly in and often come from saltwater marshes and other similar habitat. Our Local councils do an excellent job in keeping the numbers of these pests to a minimum; however they cannot stop them breeding altogether. That’s why you can still suffer – especially in the summer months.

We can provide a range of services that can help you get on top of your mosquito and biting midge problem. However you can make the start. If you have fish ponds, then make sure they are stocked with suitable fish that feed on mosquito larvae.

Other environmentally friendly treatments are targeted at larvae in free water areas (e.g. ponds). These treatments affect the growth hormones and of the mosquito larvae and are very target specific.