Control Mosquitoes, Protect Your Health

control mosquitoes - swarm - Capitol PestThe seasonal warmth of summer is long anticipated by families each year. Getting out to enjoy the sun and fun in your yard is always a treat; that is, until the mosquitoes arrive. Now that Autumn is here, it’s still important to control mosquitoes.

While their itchy bites eventually go away, it’s important to know that they could leave behind more serious side effects. Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases, including the West Nile virus and Zika virus. So before you head outside, control mosquitoes and protect your health.

Health Risks Associated if you don’t Control Mosquitoes

According to the World Health Organization, “mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world”. Fortunately, in the United States preventative measures aid in keeping the majority of people safe. However, the chance still exists for mosquitoes to pass on diseases. The West Nile virus and the Zika virus are just two of concern.

The West Nile virus is carried to humans from mosquitoes that feed on infected birds. While most people will not experience any symptoms, roughly 20% will experience flu-like symptoms. About 1% of those infected face more serious health issues, such as encephalitis or meningitis. An even smaller percentage of people will perish due to neurological infection.

The Zika virus is also passed on to humans from mosquitoes. Only recently has it been of great concern in the United States. The primary worry is that it can pass from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, causing life-threatening birth defects. Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the United States and just like the West Nile virus, there are no vaccines available to protect anyone at this time.

Click here to review a few more illnesses mosquitoes may carry.

What You Can Do to Control Mosquitoes

Steps to help control mosquitoes are simple. However, contacting the help of professionals to ensure all of the bases are covered is helpful. A few things you can do on your own to help are:

  • Empty standing water on your property daily
  • Include plants with mosquito repelling properties in your landscaping
  • Use mosquito repellent granules in your yard
  • Enclose porches and patios with screen
  • Use a topical mosquito repellent
  • Avoid damp and shady areas in your yard; or take steps to eliminate them

For more information on how to control mosquitoes, contact us. A simple professional inspection could help protect you and your family from mosquito born illnesses.

Capitol Pest’s mission, since 1936, has been to be the Washington, DC area’s most professional, dependable, trustworthy, and best-trained pest control company. We look forward to serving your pest control needs.

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