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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can be a real nuisance anywhere in the world, leaving itchy bites on uncovered skin and waking you up from your sleep with their high pitched buzz. But besides being a total annoyance, mosquitoes are also the number 1 killer in the world, causing more human fatalities than sharks.

They may look harmless, but the numbers of dengue and malaria cases over the years have proven that mosquitoes are more deadly than they look. Here are some facts that you might want to know about these nasty little insects:

  • Mosquitoes existed since the dinosaur era which was 400 million years ago. 

  • They are found close to still water, where their larvae feed and develop. 

  • They seem to be attracted to dark colours. 

  • Mosquitoes will normally bite you at dawn or dusk – mostly nocturnal. 

  • That’s when their internal clocks tell them it is feeding time. 

  • Mosquitoes are attracted to heat and they find lactic acid alluring thus would tend to bite people who had just exercised. 

  • Bigger people tend to attract more mosquitoes because they produce higher Carbon Dioxide and lactic acid.

How does mosquito infestation affects your business?

  • Trust – immediate impact on employees’ trust.
  • Damage – serious damage to your health and hygiene reputation.
  • Cost – Loss of business opportunities when customers shared negative reviews on your business

Worried about mosquitoes? Call us now at 0 800 1 333 777 if it’s your home. Alternatively you can contact us here to book an appointment. Our pest expert will schedule an inspection to assess your mosquito problem and recommend a way to get them to buzz off.

Prevent Mosquito Bites & Stay Vigilant Against Dengue Fever

Dengue fever

Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by certain mosquito species, which transmitted by the bite of an Aedes Aegypti mosquito or also known as “dengue mosquito”. Dengue fever is also known as "breakbone fever" or "bonebreak fever" (fever joints), because it can cause fever sufferers experience severe pain as like their bones were broken. Some symptoms of dengue fever include headache, fever, skin redness that looks like measles and muscles pain or severe joint.

In some patients, dengue fever can turn into life-threatening. The first stage is dengue fever, which causes bleeding, leaking blood vessels (the tube that carries blood), and low levels of blood platelets (which cause the blood to clot). The second stage is renjat dengue syndrome, which causes dangerously low blood pressure.

Find out more about how to prevent mosquito bites here.

Number of Cases 

The emergence of mortality showed that dengue is still one of the major health problems in Indonesia. It is also affected of the fact that Indonesia is a tropical area where Dengue are majorly found in the tropics and subtropics. Dengue virus is spread in tropical countries relating to variations in the level of rainfall, temperature changes, and population movements.

Dengue virus (Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever) was first discovered in 1950 in the Philippines and Thailand *. While in Indonesia, dengue fever case was first reported between 1968 – 1969 in Surabaya Jakarta. Years now, according to the data of Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia in the beginning of 2016, there are 107 districts with 1,669 reported cases of dengue fever attacks. Where in the reported area 22 patients reported died. Thus, the average death rate of dengue fever in the beginning of 2016 was equal to 1.3 percent **.

There is currently no known vaccine or cure for dengue fever, the main form of disease prevention to date has been mosquito control. Find out more about the best mosquito repellent from the home pest control experts, Rentokil Indonesia here.

*http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs117/en/ 
**http://health.kompas.com/

Picture source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue_fever

Dengue and the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

There is no doubt that Aedes Aegypti has been causing a lot of harm to humans. Because just one bite from an infected female mosquito can give your families a potentially fatal disease like dengue fever and the worst like zika virus disease.

Thus, by knowing the characteristics of Aedes Aegypti and how might possible dengue fever is transmitted, you can protect your family from dengue mosquito at the first place.

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Characteristics

  1. Black color with a white stripe (brindle white) in the whole body. 
  2. Can fly up to radius of 100 meters from where they hatch. 
  3. The female mosquito needs blood every two days. 
  4. The female mosquito sucks blood usual in the morning and afternoon. 
  5. Glad perched in a dark place and in hanging objects in the house. 
  6. Mosquito age average is 2 weeks. But some can live up to 2-3 months, especially if it is in 24◦C -28◦C temperature and humidity of 60% -80%

Transmission

Dengue transmission can be initiated by the migration of dengue virus transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. First, the mosquitoes will bite people who are already infected with the virus. Then about 10 to 12 days later, the virus spread to the salivary gland (saliva) mosquitoes. Then, the mosquito will infect another by bite the persons. 

Dengue can also spread through blood that have been infected through organ donation. If a person with dengue donates blood or organs, which are then given to another person, that person can be contracting to dengue from the donated blood or organs. Dengue virus can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy or when the child was born. Dengue is usually not transmitted in other ways.

Worried about mosquito problem at home? Call us at 0 800 1 333 777 or contact us online to schedule a mosquito control service visit.

Mosquito Prevention Tips: How to Get Rid of Mosquito in Your House

Prevention is always the better than cure! It is important to prevent mosquito bites as well as prevent Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding around the house so that your family members do not get infected with dengue fever.

Further Reading: Zika and Dengue Prevention Tips

Here are some tips for mosquito prevention actions that you can apply!

  • Closing, drain, and bury - Closing the water storage, drain the tub, and bury unused goods at home. Larvae will thrive in stagnant water in about a week. For that, it is necessary to prevent the possibility of objects that is where the development of these larvae such as flower pots, tin cans, old tires or other items that accommodate puddle.

  • Keep the house and its surroundings clean - Do not leave home in humid conditions with no light. Do not stack and hang clothes because it will become mosquito’s favorite hiding place.

  • Use mosquito repellent product - One of the way to prevent mosquito bites is using mosquito repellent product such as mosquito repellent lotion or spray. But remember to apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, and stop using it when your skin start irritates.

But you should aware that many mosquito species are not only attack outdoor – at night, yet they will also attack you indoor – throughout the day. Hence, if you want to effectively protect and keep your family safe at home from mosquito problem, then a mosquito control with an integrated manner from a professional pest control service is highly suggested.

Get more information about the Mosquito Management Program (M2P) from Rentokil Indonesia by calling our toll free at 0 800 1 333 777 or emailing us at ihs-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.com.

Life of Mosquito: What’s Next After Monsoon Season Ends?

Monsoon season in Indonesia can be categorised into two types, the Asian and Australian monsoons. During Asian monsoons (or also known as west monsoon) is the period where the wind is passing through Indonesia in the transition process between Asia and Australia. This led an increase of rainy season from October to April. During Australian monsoons (east monsoon), because of higher air pressure in the southern hemisphere, it causes a dry season in Indonesia, typically occurring from April to October.

This also means the rainy season in Indonesia is ending! While some are annoyed of wet weather that implicates inconvenience such as traffic congestion, flood and activity disruption, the end of monsoon also means, a more critical annoyance - the emergence of vector-borne diseases which derive from unfavorable weather condition such as mosquito.

While most people understand mosquito breeding occurs with presence of stagnant water, commonly an “after effect” from a rain, if due housekeeping diligence are not met, most people might not understand how this implicates further on dry and hot weather. A higher temperature encourages more feeding among these hungry mosquitoes, and creates faster virus replication (as warm air incubates virus faster). This also means a quicker spread of disease! Dry season also improves the proliferation of pests – a larger mosquito population.

Regardless of dry or rainy season, mosquitoes are of day-night bitters. Some mosquito species ‘operate’ at night, such as culex and anopheles and daytime mosquito bites can be transformed to aedes aegypti genus. Mosquito indeed is recognized as the deadliest pest in the world!

There are simple housekeeping tips to prevent or minimize the start of adult mosquito production by ensuring any possible breeding sources are eliminated. Find out how mosquito breeding control such as larvaciding can help reinforce these sources to ensure adequate protection.

Mosquitoes can travel, which places an originally-safe environment to a risks of adult mosquito infestation. Adult mosquito control such as fogging and misting can be carried out to eliminate these mosquitoes; however, here are some simple facts to create more self-awareness for your personal protection.

  1. Mosquito activities may be found among shades or foliage and are naturally attracted to dark colours. Avoid wearing dark colours to prevent attracting these mosquitoes
  2. Mosquitoes favour fragrances. Perfume, cologne, hand cream, softeners can be minimised, or use non-scented versions
  3. High humidity places should be visited with caution. In fact, mosquitoes are attracted to sweat as well, and often mosquito repellants sprayed on ourselves might be diluted from body sweat. Particularly, in hot and dry weathers, we tend to perspire more.
  4. Keep your home and room cool, as mosquitoes favour body heat.
  5. Carbon dioxide, a common gas released from plants and through individual exhaling process. Keep plants externally, to avoid risking higher carbon dioxide level, that attracts mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes can attack us in different stages of the lifecycle. It requires a holistic and integrated effort to keep the problem under control. You may seek professional assistance from Rentokil Indonesia home pest control for a Mosquito Management Program (M2P). Get a free mosquito survey inspection today by contacting us at ihs-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.com or call our toll free service on 0 800 1 333 777.

Mosquito Species

Have you Spotted Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are known as the world’s most deadliest pest with their small body. Capable of spreading diseases such as the Dengue Fever and Zika Virus with just one infected bite, humans are finding themselves engaging in a long-time battle with these pesky fellas.

Did You Know? Mosquitoes can’t see very well and they rely on their sense of smell to locate hosts.

 

Top 5 reasons Why a Mosquito Bites

  1. Female mosquitoes need blood to help develop their eggs
  2. It is close to dawn or dusk- the peak feeding time
  3. The heat and carbon dioxide you give out is greater
  4. You have just exercised
  5. You are wearing darker clothings which provide a better contrast for landing cue

Citronella, a common ingredient found in most mosquito repellent sprays can help to repel mosquitoes because it irritates their feet.

 

There are several DIY tips to protect your home and family:

  • Install mosquito netting
  • Apply insect repellant
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing
  • Clear stagnant water; remove breeding sources
  • Keep the room cool

Many of the mosquito breeding sites in Indonesia are found in residential homes. Home owners should step up vigilance in removing breeding sources to effectively stop the vicious cycle.

While home care serves to prevent and protect your family and loved ones from mosquitoes, professional help for enhanced protection can be done to further control indoor and outdoor mosquito population and breeding.

Find out more Rentokil professional mosquitoes treatment solutions, call us at 0 800 1 333 777 or drop an email to ihs-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.com

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