Keeping The Washington D.C. Mosquitoes At Bay This Summer

7/10/2022

We’ve been enjoying a bright summer here in Washington, D.C. The sunshine encourages us all to get outside and be active. Unfortunately, as experts in Washington, D.C., pest control are well aware, mosquitoes also love to be active in the summer months. 

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Mosquitoes In Washington, D.C.: What You Should Know

Mosquitoes are primarily a summertime pest, and Washington, D.C., consistently ranks as one of the worst locations for these insects. When the humidity and heat are high, they love to feed on anyone nearby. Populations can grow to unmanageable sizes if conditions are just right. Of the 40 different species of mosquitoes in the area, some of them spread disease. The list of diseases caused by mosquitoes in D.C. is fairly limited:

  • West Nile virus
  • Western equine encephalitis
  • St. Louis encephalitis

Though there are other diseases these intravenous insects transmit, Washington, D.C., only has reports of these three. However, due to the increasing number of diseases mosquitoes can transmit, mosquito control has become a major concern across the country. Governments, health organizations, and pest control agencies ask the general population to take mosquito population control seriously.

Three Natural Ways To Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquito population control extends to every individual property owner. Three natural ways to prevent mosquito populations are:

  • Remove all standing water from your property.
  • Use natural aromas and oils to create smells mosquitoes hate.
  • Use plants that keep mosquitoes away like geranium, marigold, lavender, and basil.

The main reason populations get untenable is because adult mosquitoes find enough water to lay their eggs. Eggs and larvae can take a week to develop to pupae, which then turn into adults in only two days. The first two stages of the mosquito life cycle are aquatic, meaning you can stop them by depriving them of water sources. Empty any water bowls, fill in puddles with sand, and remove any clutter or container that collects water. Make sure to also have efficient gutters and downspouts.

Oils and scents that repel mosquitoes include lemon eucalyptus, tea tree, cinnamon, lavender, thyme oil, and citronella. You can make home remedies for mosquitoes from these, or use them as oils for the skin.

FAQ: Spraying For Mosquitoes In Washington, D.C.

Should you spray?

Since our area has such a notable problem with mosquitoes, our experts at Capitol Pest know all the concerns when spraying for them. Some might prefer natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes. Another consideration is how to treat the infestation. All life stages need to be treated: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults, and each life stage requires different treatment. If you want to spray for mosquitoes, we recommend consulting with properly trained mosquito control professionals.

Professionals can treat areas where moisture can develop and cause standing water with larvicides as well as apply treatments for adult mosquitoes. Keep in mind the professionals have the proper experience and training to apply any pesticide. Insecticides can be harmful to humans if used improperly.

Control Mosquitoes The Easy Way With Capitol Pest

At Capitol Pest, we know where to look for mosquitoes, and how to treat effectively for every stage of their life cycle. We can explain the reasons for using or not using particular treatments, so you know you're getting the appropriate service for your specific circumstances. 

If you have a mosquito infestation that seems to be getting out of control, reach out to us. With 80 years on the D.C. pest control scene, we’ve developed our methods in tandem with the most advanced pest control technology. We’re confident we can secure safe environments for everyone. 

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