The Experts Guide To Effective Mosquito Control In Washington D.C.

6/24/2020

Is there anything more obnoxious than a swarm of mosquitos? They buzz endlessly around your head, and the welts from their bites can itch like crazy. But did you know that, far beyond obnoxious, mosquitos are considered to be one of the deadliest animals on the planet?

a mosquito biting on human skin

That is why it is important for you to take the proper preventive measures to keep mosquitos away from your D.C. property. With just a handful of tips and tricks, you can take back your yard from mosquitos and keep your family safe from potential blood-borne diseases.  

Identifying Mosquitos

Mosquitos are small fly-like insects. They are usually black, dark brown, or black and white in color. Mosquitos have narrow, oval-shaped bodies, one pair of wings, and slender legs that hang down when they fly. On their faces, mosquitos have a long thin nose that they use for feeding.
 
When it comes to feeding, only female mosquitos feed on blood. This is because they require a protein in blood to create viable eggs. Males mosquitos only feed upon plant nectar.

The Dangers Of Mosquitos

Because female mosquitos feed on the blood of numerous hosts, they are known for transmitting an abundance of pathogens and blood-borne diseases which can be detrimental to humans, even fatal in some cases. 
 
The diseases that mosquitos are known to transmit include, but are not limited to, malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Zika, Keystone virus, and more.

How To Prevent Mosquitos From Invading Your Property

When it comes to mosquito prevention in your yard, the primary objectives are to cut down on potential food sources and to reduce areas of standing water upon which mosquitos lay their eggs. You may also consider utilizing sprays or repellents bought from the store, though these products are only temporary fixes which can prove costly over time.

The steps to make your yard less appealing to mosquitos include:

  • Store any receptacles that could fill with water, upside down.

  • Fill in any holes or low-lying areas in the yard.

  • Fill in any holes in your driveway.

  • Keep all vegetation and hedges neatly trimmed.

  • Keep lawn well-trimmed.

  • Limit the flowering vegetation around the exterior of your house.

If you can enact these techniques, you should be able to reduce your odds of dealing with a mosquito infestation. However, it is not always simple. This is why Capitol Pest offers a complete Mosquito Control Program.

Capitol Pest Mosquito Control Program

Available on a one-time basis or as a monthly service between April and October, our mosquito control program treats problem areas such as trees, shrubs, and potential breeding grounds with a backpack misting machine. In addition to treating the problem areas, we will exercise extreme caution to avoid treating any sensitive areas such as edible plants or children's' play areas. In addition to this treatment, our trained pest professionals will work with you to mitigate any areas of standing water around your property.

Call The Professionals Today

If you have questions about mosquito prevention or our Mosquito Control Program, give the professionals here at Capitol Pest a call today. Get started on taking back your yard to ensure the safety of your family.

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