This great country of ours has approximately 15 different varieties of mosquito. Our
Australian neighbours however have over 200… 🙂 Have you ever wondered why all
Australian homes have screens on their doors and windows? It is because of the mozzies,
not the flies.
Our native species has been and is still currently only nuisance to us and does not pose as
a threat to our health. In regards to the current situation other countries are facing with
mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus, the risk to New Zealand is very small indeed. M.A.F
have strict systems and processes in place to ensure this unlikely scenario doesn’t occur.
You can realistically rest easy.
Enough about that, how about the mozzies which are continually forcing us indoors on
these lovely summer evenings, what can be done about them? The installation of screens on
your doors and windows is by far the best thing you can do to keep them out of your home
but if this is not an option, then our first bit of advice is to take a slow wander around your
property looking for little pools of sitting water. These are found in tarpaulin folds, used
tires, guttering etc. Remove the water, as this is a perfect breeding ground for the mosquito.
In sheltered outdoor situations, citronella candles can have a repelling effect, but
nothing is guaranteed. There is also the age-old method of covering yourself with stinky
insect repellents every four hours. As a noteworthy comment, and not at all recommended,
On Stewart Island, the mozzies and sand-flies are so numerous and ravenous that the people
are known to use kerosene as a repellent. I do not endorse this and have mentioned it for
So, what can a professional pest control company do against mosquitoes?
We understand mosquitoes and so the application of a product to the interior and exterior
of your home which
1. has a repelling agent and
2. kills them after contacting the treated surface is what you need.
The added bonus of this treatment is that it has the same effect on flies, sand-flies, midges,
fruit flies etc.
To receive a treatment which carries a *4 month warranty, please apply for a free quote on our
website under flying insects, call or email.
09 390 6445