Expert Advice About Mosquito Control In Arlington

5/21/2020

It doesn’t take long for people to become annoyed by mosquitoes. Their constant buzzing, their itchy bites, and their ability to carry diseases makes mosquitoes one of the most annoying pests in Arlington. With some expert advice on mosquito control, you can prevent these insects from being a nuisance in your home and yard.

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All About Mosquitoes

There are 3,500 different species of mosquitoes. In Arlington, most mosquito species are similar in appearance. They have long and slender bodies that are covered in scales. Typically, you can differentiate them from other insects by their long legs. 
 
Males of the species do not bite and they have bushy antennae. Meanwhile, the females bite and have thinner antennae. Females lay eggs on water and those eggs eventually turn into larvae.
 
Generally, the larvae are easy to see with the naked eye if you know where to look. They wriggle around in standing bodies of water and tend to do so at the surface of the water. Usually, you’ll find many larvae in one spot. Measuring just under ¼ of an inch long, they resemble small hairy worms.

What Makes Mosquitoes Dangerous?

You probably don’t need anyone to tell you that mosquitoes are irritating creatures. As the females of the species fly around, they look for mammals to bite. This could be you, your family, or your pets. Once they find a host, they suck their blood and leave behind an itchy bump. 
 
People react differently to mosquito bites. While some just experience minor itching and irritation, others have more extreme reactions. If you have an allergic reaction, you could find yourself with significant discomfort and pain.
 
In some cases, individuals who have been bitten by mosquitoes experience cellulitis. This occurs when bacteria enters a bug bite. Once infected, the bite will become red, inflamed, and swollen. The infection should be taken care of or there is a risk for even more complications.

Diseases Spread By Mosquitoes

Another danger posed by mosquitoes is their ability to spread disease. When the females bite, they can transmit diseases from one person to another. 
 
Common diseases spread by mosquitoes include the following:

  • Malaria

  • Zika

  • Filariasis

  • Dengue fever

The type of disease carried by a mosquito depends on your location. While not all mosquitoes carry diseases, there is no way to tell which ones are infected. The more times you get bitten by these pests, the more likely you will be to catch a disease from them.

How To Prevent Mosquitoes

Many people try to handle mosquito populations on their own. However, these prevention methods are not completely effective. If you really want results, work with an experienced pest control company.
 
On your own, you could take a few steps to make your property less appealing to mosquitoes. For instance, you can plant mosquito-repelling flowers. Citronella, rosemary, and basil are all good options.
 
Another method of prevention is to remove standing water from your property. Although this is effective, it’s easier said than done. You might not be aware of some water sources. Or, you may not have time to check your yard for water after a rainfall. 
 
Some people opt for mosquito-repellent devices. But these come with a risk and aren’t always effective. Ultrasonic devices could annoy your pets, and citronella candles have the potential to cause fires.
 
For a safe and effective way to control mosquitoes, consider Capitol’s mosquito and tick control program. We use seasonal treatment to prevent mosquitoes from taking over your property. Thanks to our access to the latest pest control tools and knowledge on mosquito behavior, our technicians are able to effectively combat these insects. Contact Capitol to get started today

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