Warmer weather leads to an increase in the mosquito population. Arm yourself with these facts, so you will be able to prevent yourself from getting bitten!
About the Aedes Mosquito
These mozzies, which have black and white markings, can fly a short distance of 100 – 300m, and drink up to three times its weight in blood! The female Aedes mosquito can lay eggs three times during its lifetime, and lay up to 100 eggs per batch.
Unfortunately, according to pest control company Rentokil, these eggs can survive even the harshest conditions and remain dormant up to six months. Once its ready to hatch, it only takes 7 – 10 days for an egg to become an adult.
Mozzie Bites: when and why
- They bite at dawn and dusk.
- Mosquitoes have poor eyesight, and will land on people who are dressed in dark clothing.
- Dark clothing also retain heat, which causes sweating — and mozzies are attracted to people who are sweating, as well as carbon dioxide. If you’ve just exercised and are catching your breath, there is a higher chance that you will be bitten by this flying pest.
The Dengue Virus
An Aedes mosquito becomes infected with dengue when it bites a person carrying the virus, and a person becomes infected with the dengue virus through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. These are the symptoms:
- High fever
- Severe headache
- Pain behind the eye and muscle
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Joint pain
Once a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, the dengue virus incubates up to seven days before the onset of a high fever. The illness can last up to 10 days, with a complete recovery taking up to as long as a month.
To prevent mosquito bites, Rentokil advises for you to:
- Wear light-coloured clothings
- Use insect repellents and repellent patches which contains picaridin, as mosquitoes do not like its odour. Note: Use deet-free products as they are are safe to stick on children’s clothing and are environmentally friendly
- Light a mosquito coil when in indoor
- Reduce exposed skin and wear long sleeves, trousers, footwear and hats.
- Avoid areas with still or stagnant water.