Potential Aedes Mosquito Breeding Sites in Singapore

While the mosquito population has been on the decline recently, if you’re still getting mosquito bites, high chances are that you’ve got the company of adult mosquitoes and mosquito breeding sites within your immediate vicinity. Risk is still present, and therefore, you shouldn’t ever let your guard down—especially if you’re living in Singapore.

As an island city-state located just 1 degree north of the equator, Singapore’s warm and humid climate is heaven on earth for mosquitoes. While generally active throughout the year, mosquitoes are most abundant during the warmer months from May to October.

Despite that, an unusual rise in dengue cases has been recorded in Singapore, with a total of 4,497 cases as of Q1 2024. With reported cases in 2023 at a total of 9,950 cases, this would mean that figures are at a twofold increase when compared against each other.

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito. There are four different serotypes of dengue virus (DENV 1 to 4) circulating in Singapore. Hence, individuals can be infected with dengue up to four times.

Areas with a High Population of Aedes Mosquitoes

According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), highly populated areas in Singapore include Jurong East & West, Woodlands Ave, Ang Mo Kio, Plantation Ave, and Rivervale Crest, among others.

However, being aware of these areas is simply not enough. As advised by the mosquito control services in Singapore, the public must be wary of potential breeding sites in these areas to prevent the increase of aedes mosquitoes too.

Just about anything can turn into an inviting breeding site for aedes mosquitoes. Preferring low volumes of stagnant water, aedes mosquitoes are likely to breed in areas wherein water tends to pool when not frequently cleared out or replaced. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes typically breed in clean, stagnant water easily found in our homes.

Top 5 Mosquito Breeding Habitats in Homes:

  • Domestic containers such as pails
  • Flower pot plates or trays
  • Ornamental containers such as vases
  • Litter, Refuse, and Bulk bins
  • Plants (hardened soil and plant axils)

Top 5 Mosquito Breeding Sites in Public Areas:

  • Covered perimeter drains
  • Open perimeter drains
  • Discarded receptacles
  • Gully traps
  • Plants (hardened soil and plant axils)
Aedes mosquito

How do mosquitos breed in Singapore? 

In Singapore, the Aedes mosquitoes exhibit a rapid breeding cycle, with the ability to lay eggs within a mere two to three days after a blood meal. A female mosquito can lay anywhere from 100 to 200 eggs per batch, and in her lifetime, she can produce multiple batches. The eggs are typically laid in water-filled containers or areas with stagnant water, where they hatch into larvae within 1-2 days. These larvae then develop into pupae within 5-7 days before emerging as adult mosquitoes. With such rapid reproduction rates, a single discarded item holding water, like a bottle cap or a small puddle, can potentially yield hundreds of mosquitoes. This swift lifecycle contributes significantly to the challenge of mosquito control in Singapore.

According to data from the National Environment Agency, in Jan 2024 alone, over twice the number of mosquito breeding habitats were detected compared to last year and destroyed across the island to mitigate the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquito Breedings in a bowl

Engage With a Pest Control Expert in Singapore

If you find that the aedes mosquito population in your area may have gotten out of control, it is best to let local pest control services handle the situation to prevent yourself from getting infected in the process.

Engaging with pest control experts such as Verminator, rather than tackling the issue on your own, both reduces the risk of exposing your household to harmful toxins, and saves you the extra cost that you may spend on products that either serve as a temporary measure, or that may build the resistance of aedes mosquitoes against insecticide.

Verminator offers the complete end-to-end solution for you. From a complimentary home inspection to thoroughly assess your situation and understand your concerns, to offering biological treatments recommended by the World Health Organisation Pesticide Evaluation Schemes (WHOPES) that are environmentally-friendly, effective, and safe for all.

Verminator is a leading pest management company in Singapore, offering services for the residential, commercial, and public sectors at affordable rates. Are you concerned that your area may have a high population of Aedes mosquitoes? Contact us today!