Mosquito Control: How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes (Culicidae: Insecta)

Mosquitoes are blood-sucking pests. Many blood-sucking pests are more important for their potential as vectors of disease agents than for their blood feeding. Fortunately in our area, blood feeders such as mosquitoes, deer flies, other biting flies, bed bugs, and ticks are not as important as vectors of disease in humans as they are in other geographical regions. Mostly blood-sucking pests are more nuisance pests than anything in the Pacific Northwest and the Greater Seattle area, but that does not mean we negate the possibility.

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General Facts/Information of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are common biting flies found throughout the United States. Of the some 2,500 kinds of mosquitoes found in the world, Washington has 37 species. Mosquitoes are serious pests in some areas of eastern Washington, but until the arrival of West Nile Virus they have been rarely been more than an annoyance in western Washington and the Greater Seattle area.

Areas of eastern Washington with the most serious pest problems have established local mosquito abatement districts and coordinate long-term control problems with your local Pest Fighter (or pest control operator).

The most common complaint a PCO hears is from a homeowner whose backyard outing has been ruined by mosquitoes. Most problems can be traced to nearby standing water, such as a marsh, lake shore, or clogged roof gutter where mosquitoes are breeding and from which adults are emerging. It rarely makes economic sense to treat an individual home or yard for mosquitoes without treating the source. Although fogging or applying residual sprays around the home will provide temporarily relief, problems will persist until the source is eliminated.

Mosquito Prevention and Control

Life Cycle. Mosquitoes are always located near water since it is essential for the immature stages. Thus, the presence of water and its management are crucial in control programs. Breaking the life cycle by controlling water prevents development of immature stages to adults.

Control. Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by altering their natural habitat.

Pest Fighter pest control company is a professional, licensed and insured pest control operator (PCO) located in the Greater Seattle area, serving King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County. Pest Fighter not only prevents pest problems, but we offer an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution for both treating pest problems and monitoring for the presence of pests and pest damage. For help in controlling mosquitoes in your area of Washington, contact your local Pest Fighter or pest control operator (or PCO).