Just about everyone can agree—mosquitoes are a nuisance. You step out onto your patio on a nice summer afternoon just to be attacked by blood-sucking pests! Depending on how allergic you are to mosquitoes, your skin might swell up, redden, or itch uncontrollably after receiving a bite from one of these little insects. But despite the minor annoyance that a normal mosquito bite creates, did you know that mosquitoes can actually spread dangerous—even fatal—diseases to you, your family, and your pets?
Keep reading to learn more about the importance of mosquito control for Northern Virginia homeowners—and, really, homeowners everywhere!
Mosquitoes Transmit Diseases to Humans & Animals
Few people need more reasons to consider mosquito control besides the irritation of mosquito bites, but the fact is that mosquitoes can be extremely dangerous to humans and pets. Mosquitoes that are infected with Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, and other diseases can spread these to humans when they “bite.” Additionally, mosquitoes can spread heartworm disease to our beloved feline and canine friends. You can try to protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellent, but Integrated Pest Management, including natural mosquito control, is a far more effective strategy for eliminating mosquito populations around your home.
What Is Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the best way to manage the mosquito population at your Northern Virginia home. By regularly evaluating your landscape, you can identify mosquito breeding sites and make the necessary changes to discourage the overall mosquito population. Some of the most common breeding sites are areas of standing water, such as tires, bird baths, or drains/gutters, and areas around your lawn and landscape, such as low depression areas and dense piles of brush or leaves. Mosquito eggs require standing water to hatch, so eliminating breeding sites will prevent these pests from multiplying.
Are Mosquito Control Products Harmful to Humans or Pets?
Generally, pesticides have not been found to pose an unreasonable risk to human health, but they have been shown to pose a low risk for acute, temporary health effects in people living in areas sprayed with insecticides. If you’re concerned about the use of chemicals for mosquito control, consider using natural substances instead—like those used by Wheat’s Landscape. We use a mix of essential oils that naturally repel mosquitos (in addition to fleas and ticks, if you’re interested) while still remaining gentle to humans and pets.
Get Ready for Summer Activities with Natural Mosquito Control
Summer is just around the corner, and many families are itching to start spending more time outdoors! To protect yourself, your family, and your pets from the harm mosquitoes can cause, get started on a mosquito control program from Wheat’s. Contact us online or call at 703-641-4790 for more information!