How to deal with summer insects in Auckland

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Which insects can cause problems in Auckland in Summer?

Mosquitoes

New Zealand has 16 identified species of mosquito. 12 of these are endemic, meaning they are native to New Zealand. These natives seem to prefer birds as their primary food source, although one will bite humans. However, 3 out of the 4 introduced ones seem to prefer people. Their distribution varies and depending one where you live in New Zealand will determine how much of a problem they are for you. In the warmer Northland areas and around Auckland they are a problem, and also on the West Coast of the South Island. If you get bitten, you can blame the female, she needs the blood for her eggs, the males prefer nectar from flowers! Many species are widespread for more detail visit http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/sandflies-and-mosquitoes/page-2

Treatment

The easiest way to keep them away from your home is to eliminate all standing water in pots, ponds, gutters etc. where they like to lay their eggs. A yellow external bug light will attract less insects than normal white light. Burning candles or oils especially citronella or geranium will help deter them. Personal mosquito repellents can be worn but it is not advisable to apply chemical to yourself daily. Wearing light coloured, loose clothing will minimise your chances of being targeted.

Flies

Flies are pests, they spread diseases and this can be a problem if you have food out uncovered. If they get in to your home and in to your fridge they can be a big problem. Not to mention they are just annoying buzzing around all the time! You can try all sorts of natural remedies to eradicate them e.g. honey or sweet traps, sticky fly paper. A good old fashioned fly swat will get them quickly if you have a good aim, but then you have the resultant squished mess to clean up! Sandflies are tiny and they bite, in some people the bites are particularly troublesome and itchy. They can cause localised swelling similar to an allergic reaction in particularly sensitive people and the risk of infection with scratching is a potential problem.

Wasps and Bees

Both bees and wasps can deliver a nasty sting if they feel threatened. Best to keep them outside the home or trap the same way you do the flies. Bees are essential for plant pollination so it is a good idea to try and help the bee escape your home without spraying it with an insecticide. Some people are allergic to bee stings so keeping them outside your home is the best solution.

Ants

Ants are a problem all over New Zealand. They always seem to find a way in to your pantry! Natural remedies include putting a chalk line around windows and doorways. This works well unless it rains. Peppermint oil is a good natural deterrent. You can of course buy insecticides and spray their trails to keep them away. Finding and eradicating the nest may be a solution too. You need to have window treatments in Auckland to prevent ants from entering your home.

What is the most effective natural solution to keep the insects outside?

Good quality, well fitted insect screens will keep all insects out of your home and allow you to open the doors and windows to benefit from the cooling breezes in the heat of the summer. The best way to keep your home free from mosquitoes, flies, bees, wasps and other flying insects is to keep them outside. Install security screens in Auckland for your property.

Peace of Mind Security Screens Auckland can help you choose retractable fly screens for Auckland homes. Visit our website at www.peaceofmindsecurityscreens.co.nz for examples of the different styles of insect screen for Auckland problem pests. Peace of Mind Security Screens can quote for the installation of insect and fly screens Auckland wide. Don’t delay, get them installed before the warm weather hits and insect populations explode!

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