Bees, Wasps, Mosquitoes & Midges , Flying Insects
Flying Insects – D-Tec Pest Control
With the Queensland climate and environment, it’s hard to get away from flying insects such as Bees, Wasps, Mosquitoes and Midges. With this we need to be aware and protect yourself, family and pets from some of the insects that can bite and sting.
For some people the reaction to bites and stings can cause them redness, itchiness, swelling (welts) and pain around the bite or sting. For others it can be quite serious and result in an allergic reaction such as coughing, wheezing, face swelling up, fainting, anaphylaxis. You also need to protect yourself from the bites and stings that can transmit diseases. These include Ross River virus, Malaria, Dengue fever, Murray Valley Encephalitis virus, Barmah Forest virus and other vector-borne diseases.
Also not forgetting your pets that can cause dermatitis, heartworm, anemia, tapeworms, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis and many others.
Why do insects sting or bite?
Usually it’s a natural defense mechanism for the insect to bite or sting when it is defending itself or when it becomes agitated. They usually do it to protect their nest or territory. These types of insects include bees, wasp, hornets and fire ant bites.
Other insects do it to ‘feed’, these can include fleas, ticks, midges, lice and bedbugs.
What can you do?
Around the home:
- Install flywire screens on all windows and check them regularly and mend any holes.
- Prevent pools of water from forming around your home – clean gutters and drains regularly and mend leaking taps (great Termite tip also).
- Change pets drinking water often and also the water in vases, pot plants and bird baths at least once a week.
- Keep swimming pools chlorinated or salted and empty them completely when not in use for long periods.
- Empty children’s wading pools regularly.
- Keep fishponds stocked with fish.
- Change light bulbs to iridescent
- Keep grass short (this is for the flea larvae)
- Look out for insect nests/webs around your home (be careful not to disturb the nest or you may be bitten).
For yourself, family and pets:
- Avoid outdoor activity when the insects are prevalent – dusk and dawn is when most mosquitoes are more active but some will be around during the day.
- Wear long, loose fitting clothes and in light colours.
- Wear boots and gloves when doing the gardening.
- Cover infant strollers with netting.
- If eating outside – cover food and clean up any spills.
- Use repellents on exposed skin (always read the label).
- Outdoors, mosquito coils or citronella candles can be effective in small protected areas.
Check your pets regularly, notice any itching, changes, flea dirt and clean their bedding – read our blog on Tick control.
Contact us or phone our Office on 1300 725 758 if you have any problems with flying insects.