Our 2019 Guide To Dengue
According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), there was a sharp rise in the number of dengue cases in 2018 as compared to in 2017, with 3,285 cases reported.
Now, 455 dengue cases have been reported in the first two weeks of this month, three times the number reported over the same two-week period back in January 2018. These numbers are scary enough for one to worry and usually, this is when you should get in touch with pest control services in Singapore, whether you are living in an HDB or condominium.
NEA says that the increase in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population detected in our community is a contributing factor to the increasing number of dengue cases.
When there is such an increase in the population, it calls for the need to be more careful. To avoid getting bitten by these disease-breeding mosquitoes, not having them present in your home would be the best protection. With that being said, here are some measures you can adopt to reduce the likelihood of these mosquitoes breeding in your home:
- Remove their biological habitats to prevent breeding: This is necessary as mosquitoes usually breed in stagnant water systems. To not make your home their home, frequently checking your home for damp areas is a must. Some places you should focus on are your watering cans, buckets and flower pot plates. For example, when you spot your pails containing water, quickly pour it away. Alternatively, you can choose to cover your pails with a lid. When you do this, you are eliminating any possible breeding habitats.
- Change water in your vases every day: Besides this, you can also scrub the inner sides of the vase thoroughly to remove mosquito eggs.
- Avoid overwatering your plants: The female mosquitoes can lay their eggs in shallow water or even hardened soil that is prone to flooding on a rainy day. You can also loosen the hardened soil to prevent water from accumulating in it.
- Keep your home and surroundings clean: Clear your nearby habitat and your home with mosquito repellents and insecticides. And if you do not mind the smell of smoke, you can also burn mosquito coils to repel the mosquitoes.
- Keep your home brightly-lit: Mosquitoes usually prefer damp, dark places, which means when you fill your home with streaming sunlight, they might not find your place attractive to hide in.
- Call Pestbusters to ensure your home is safe from mosquitoes: We offer very effective ways to tackle the threat posed by mosquitoes such as larviciding, misting and using BTI (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis). Sometimes for extra precaution, it is better to get the right company with the best tools to deal with the problem for you and your family.
To find out more, don’t hesitate to call us. Ultimately, we want to help make sure that every home is free from the threat of dengue mosquitoes.