General Information

General Information

In the control of mosquitoes and mosquito borne diseases, eliminating breeding areas is considered a good practice.  In fact, it is a legal offence in Singapore to be caught breeding mosquitoes.  You may be subjected to a hefty fine for any mosquito larvae found on your premises.

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant bodies of water such as:

  • Rain water collected in containers
  • Choked roof gutters
  • Flower pot dishes, and
  • Still ponds, grottos or water features.

Minimise mosquito breeding by doing the following:

  • Turn pails and watering cans over and store them under shelter.
  • Cover bamboo pole holders after use. Rainwater can potentially accumulate in these bamboo pole holders if they are uncovered and create a habitat.
  • Change water in flower vases. Clean and scrub the inner sides of vases. Wash roots of flowers and plants thoroughly as mosquito eggs can stick to them easily.
  • Clear fallen leaves and stagnant water in your scupper drains and garden. These leaves could collect water or cause blockages to the drains, thus resulting in the buildup of stagnant water.
Common varieties of local fish such as guppies and barbs eat mosquito larvae, and small numbers of these can be introduced into water features to control mosquito breeding, without fouling up the water. If you live near a field or wooded area, then it may not be possible to eliminate all nearby breeding sites, as water may collect on the grass, in dead leaves, or even on tree-tops.

Mosquito Management System also offers effective outdoor solutions which attract adult female mosquitoes away from offices and dwellings, and destroy them before they have a chance to breed.

Having survived for almost 79 million years, mosquitoes are without doubt a hardy species, and it is very difficult, if not impossible, to completely eradicate mosquitoes. Indeed, many scientists believe that the complete eradication of mosquitoes will do more harm to an ecosystem. To date, the best approach to controlling and managing a population of mosquitoes at non-problematic levels is to use a two-pronged approach of destroying female mosquitoes and eliminating breeding sites.

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