Everything You Need to Know About Mosquitoes and Dengue in Singapore

Everything You Need to Know About Mosquitoes and Dengue in Singapore

Mosquito is the Deadliest Animal in the World:

Mosquitoes are responsible for about 1 million deaths a year. This is followed by snakes at 50,000 deaths and dogs at 25,000 deaths (caused by feral dogs infected by rabies attacking people and spreading the disease). Out of over 3000 species of mosquitoes, the most dangerous 3 are Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes which spread malaria, yellow fever, Zika, and Dengue. And guess what, we have all 3 species right here in Singapore. 

Symptoms of mosquito bites:

When mosquitos bite you, they suck the blood from deep layers of the skin through a particular mouth part known as the proboscis. The bump on your skin is nothing but the body's reaction to the saliva of mosquitoes. 

What are the symptoms of mosquito bites?

  1. The appearance of a red and swollen bump after the mosquito bite.
  2. Tiny blisters instead of nodes.
  3. Dark spots that may often appear as bruises.
  4. Itching in the area of the mosquito bite.
  5. Sometimes a burning sensation may also occur.

Though the symptoms are mild and can go away within a few minutes, mosquito bites can be fatal, and they can lead to severe diseases that might lead to death.

Difference between Mosquito Bite and Bed Bug Bites?5-Aug-23-2022-08-07-23-42-AM

Singapore’s humid weather coupled with Dengue makes it hard to differentiate between bites on the body sometimes. We thought we’d break it down for you:

Mosquito Bites:

  • on parts of the body uncovered by clothing
  • random and isolated itchy, red bumps with a puncture wound in the middle
  • appear instantly and usually disappear after a few hours


Bed Bug Bites:

  • usually happen during sleep on hands, arms, shoulders, neck, face, and legs
  • small, raised red bumps in a cluster of 3-5 (line or zigzag), may come with a blister
  • typically react a few hours or days later; resolve after a week if no further irritation

 

Difference between Dengue and Covid?

Just like Covid symptoms are very similar to that of the common flu, there is also some overlap with Dengue Fever. Here is a quick overview:symptoms-1

Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are so deadly because of the diseases and parasites that they spread. Other than Dengue Fever, there are 2 other diseases that we should be careful about, despite the relatively low incidence in Singapore:

  1. Malaria 

Malaria is caused by a parasite that is spread through the bites of the female Anopheles mosquito. The initial symptoms of fever, headache, and chills may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria, plus they usually only appear 10-15 days after the bite. When left untreated, malaria can worsen to severe illness and death within 24 hours. 

  1. Dengue Fever

A mosquito becomes infected with the Dengue virus after it feeds on a person infected with Dengue. The mosquito then remains infective for the rest of its lifespan. If you’ve gotten bitten by an infective mosquito, the symptoms (sudden fever for 2-7 days, severe headache, skin rashes, nausea, joint, and muscle pain) typically show up only after 4-7 days. In fact, a large majority of Dengue infections are asymptomatic!

  1. The Chikungunya Fever

The Chikungunya Fever is another disease transmitted by the Aedes mosquitoes. Other than mosquito bites, this can be picked up when people travel overseas to endemic areas like China, Taiwan, Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. The main difference between Chikungunya Fever and Dengue Fever is prolonged and severe joint pain and fatigue. Symptoms also show up 3-7 days after getting bitten but they can resolve over time. 

Prevention of mosquitoes:

As aforementioned, mosquitoes don't have a definite breeding location. Therefore eradicating them is very tiresome. But prevention would be easy, and we must follow simple steps to prevent mosquitoes.

Here are a few effective tips and tricks that can help you prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

  1. Clean and clear the gutters and drainages near your home area.
  2. Cover all the toilet commodes, sinks, and drain holes to prevent them from entering the home.
  3. Remove any water accumulation in buckets, bowls, or any part of your home. Stagnant water is a way for mosquitoes to breed.
  4. Use of mosquito repellents.
  5. Cover all the garbage bins near your home.

    What Would ORIGIN Do?

    Dengue has always been a part of our lives, it is about time we learn to live with it more purposefully. Other than the usual preventive methods that are subject to human error, we want something that monitors the situation on our premises 24/7, and in real-time. ORIGIN_3+1

    This is where the ORIGIN 3+1 Mosquito Management Program fits right in. Our holistic solution is driven by data analytics and our expertise to provide you with a strategic action plan that actually works:

    •  Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) misting releases Bti and adulticide in optimally tiny droplets that kill larvae and adult mosquitoes and leaves a residual effect
    •  Lures Aedes female mosquitoes to lay eggs in the water
    •  Kills larvae when they develop into pupae, which get eaten by the larvae
    •  The biological fungus has a slow-kill effect on female mosquitoes
    •  Larvicide contaminates female mosquitoes; they carry the larvicide to the surrounding breeding sites
    •  Data analytics to identify hot spots and potential breeding sites for a more effective treatment plan

    Find out how this can work for you!  
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