Mosquito Control Services
Miche Pest Control is a family owned and operated pest control company that provides residential and commercial mosquito control services that get rid of mosquitoes and other pests from properties in Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia. Our expert mosquito exterminators get rid of mosquitoes fast, and use preventative methods to keep mosquitoes and other pests from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - click the button below to get started, or give us a call today!
Mosquitoes: Biting, Disease-Vectoring Flying Insects
Mosquitoes are small, flying insects that are known for their ability to transmit diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika virus. These pests are found in a wide range of climates, from tropical to temperate, and are a major public health concern worldwide.
Mosquitoes are small insects, typically about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch in length, and are characterized by their slender bodies and long, thin legs. They have wings and are capable of flying short distances at speeds of up to 1.5 miles per hour. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, and are attracted to heat, light, and carbon dioxide, which is why they are often attracted to humans and animals.
Mosquitoes have a four-stage life cycle that consists of egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages. The females lay their eggs in water, and the eggs hatch into larvae within a few days. The larvae then develop into pupae, and after a few days, the adult mosquitoes emerge. The entire process from egg to adult takes about one week to one month, depending on the temperature and humidity.
The most effective way to prevent mosquito bites is to use a mosquito repellent. There are several types of mosquito repellents available, including those that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535. It is important to follow the label instructions carefully when using mosquito repellents and to ensure the safety of people and pets.
In addition to using a mosquito repellent, there are several other measures that can be taken to prevent mosquito bites. One option is to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, particularly during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. It is also a good idea to use screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
The first step in controlling mosquito populations is to eliminate any sources of standing water in your yard, as mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. This can be achieved by emptying any containers that hold water, such as buckets, barrels, and flower pots, and by cleaning clogged gutters.
In addition to eliminating standing water, there are several chemical treatments that can be used to control mosquito populations. One option is to use mosquito larvicides, which are applied to bodies of water to kill mosquito larvae before they hatch into adults. Another option is to use mosquito adulticides, which are applied to the area where mosquitoes are present to kill adult mosquitoes. It is important to follow the label instructions carefully when using chemical treatments and to ensure the safety of people and pets.
In addition to chemical treatments, there are also several natural methods for controlling mosquito populations. One option is to use mosquito-repelling plants, such as citronella, marigold, and basil, in your yard. These plants release chemicals that mosquitoes find repulsive. Another natural option is to use mosquito traps, which use heat, light, and carbon dioxide to attract and capture mosquitoes. For professional assistance getting rid of mosquitoes, contact us today!
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are a type of parasitic pest that consumes nutrients found in mammalian blood. They are a pest that specifically attacks warm-blooded mammals, including people, pets, and wildlife species such as deer. There are several species common to our area of the United States, including the Asian tiger mosquito, the common house mosquito, and the yellow fever mosquito.
Mosquitoes are generally identified by their six legs, sharp proboscis, and whining sounds while in the air. They are highly attracted to patches of exposed skin and carbon dioxide exhalations. A bite from a mosquito will swell almost at once, and victims will experience an itching sensation that takes a few minutes to a few hours to subside.
Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?
All mosquito species are dangerous to human health and wellbeing, including the Asian tiger mosquito, the common house mosquito, and the yellow fever mosquito. Due to their reliance on human blood, diseases spread rapidly and without warning. Local area mosquito varieties have been known to transmit illnesses including West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, encephalitis, and tularemia. Rarer and more serious pathogens, such as Zika virus and malaria, may still occur in areas that house frequent international travelers.
Many residents brush-off the acquisition of a mosquito bite, supposing it is both common and even normal. However, even a single bite may be enough to transmit a life-altering illness.
Why Do I Have A Mosquito Problem?
There are three primary reasons why mosquitoes choose to settle down in local neighborhoods. Thick patches of shrubbery or dense tree shade provide places for mosquitoes to thrive without succumbing to summer heat. Areas of stagnant water may act as incubators for mosquito larvae and their eggs. Finally, yards with lots of flowering plants may draw the attention of male mosquitoes, which in turn will attract their blood-sucking female counterparts.
Mosquitoes rarely move from an area once they have established themselves. At this point, it would be unwise to attempt mosquito DIY (do it yourself) on your own.
Where Will I Find Mosquitoes?
Look for signs of mosquito activity around stagnant pools of water, including birdbaths, fountains, and even slow-moving koi ponds. Adult mosquitoes are often found hiding in shady groves or thick patches of vegetation until direct sunlight has passed out of the area. Mosquitoes are most active during the morning and evening hours of the day and will choose to attack humans based on these preferences.
How Do I Get Rid Of Mosquitoes?
It is not wise to attempt DIY mosquito control or home remedies by yourself. Not only do mosquitoes present several health concerns, but the time, money, and frustration resulting from failed attempts may prove to be a frustrating waste of effort.
Miche Pest Control provides incredible mosquito control programs that lockout all three species of pests through simple abatement services. By spraying down bushes, large trees, and areas outside the home that could be drawing attention, your risk for mosquito-borne illness is significantly lowered. Schedule an initial home inspection with the team at Miche Pest Control now, or call us to set up an appointment right away.
How Can I Prevent Mosquitoes In The Future?
Mosquitoes are best prevented from entering a yard by following these crucial steps:
- Keep the grass in the lawn cut low, and only water the yard when necessary.
- Drain standing water sources that may contribute to a future mosquito problem. Fountains, birdbaths, and ponds should be drained or cleaned frequently. Water that cannot be removed may be treated with a mosquito larvicide to reduce populations.
- Wear long-sleeved clothing while out in the yard. Protect yourself from bites by tucking your pants into your socks whenever possible.
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