Increasingly, the mosquitoes are a concern for public health.
The life cycle of a mosquito is, in general, quite short.
Depending on the species, its duration is of about 15 days, except in the warmer months that can only last 9 days.
The most effective way to control mosquito proliferation is eliminating breeding places.
Reproduction of mosquitoes occurs in the water. Only the female bites, because it needs to feed from blood to lay the eggs. Although bites are uncomfortable, not all species of mosquitoes transmit diseases.
The female lays the eggs in places with stagnant water. The eggs hatch in the water, in favourable temperature conditions, becoming larvae. The larvae become pupae, that in turn leads to an adult mosquito, which at this stage leaves the water.
To minimize the repercussions that they cause as well as their propagation, Infraquinta presents some suggestions.
In the warm season, this cycle can be completed in just one week.
What to do?
- Eliminate stagnant water (small ponds and lakes, cans, bottles, containers, pots, pot saucers, old tires and other containers);
- Renew water from the animals’ drinking fountains at least once a week;
- Efficiently seal or cover with mosquito nets water tanks and cesspools;
- Place fish in artificial lakes (predators of mosquito larvae);
- Effectively cover or clog abandoned tanks and abandoned pools;
- In flower vases and flower beds, place gravel or stones, avoiding the water surface exposure;
- Avoid going to mosquito-biting sites between dusk and dawn (peak period of mosquitoes);
- Use repellent (make sure it is effective and non-toxic, especially for children. Ask your family doctor or pharmacist.)
- Wear protective clothing (sleeves and trousers) when visiting places with many mosquitoes, preferably light-coloured (allows you to see mosquitoes on clothing);
- Install mosquito nets on the windows and doors;
- Use yellow "bug light" lamps in exterior areas of the house, as they attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary bulbs. However, these lamps are not repellent.
Individuals exposed to the mosquito bite and developing the following symptoms should consult the health service: fever with mild clinical manifestations such as vomiting, joint pain and rash.