Mosquitoes in Virginia are coming out, now that spring is here. Because mosquitoes can carry disease and are – at the very least – annoying, you’ll want to do everything you can to control them. The fun in barbecues and backyard pools disappears when mosquitoes swarm around you and cause itchy bites. In addition to professional spraying, you can also help with mosquito control by keeping the yard clean of standing water and debris. When you go out, you should also protect yourself from mosquito bites, even if you do everything to keep them from being attracted to your yard.
Types of Mosquitoes
There are many types of mosquitoes throughout the world, but the Asian tiger mosquito is the most common mosquito you’ll find in the south. Instead of feeding at dusk or dawn like most mosquitoes, the Asian tiger mosquito feeds from sunup to sundown, though they have been known to bite in non-daylight hours.
What diseases do mosquitoes carry? Mosquitoes, including the Asian tiger mosquito, carry diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and dengue fever. These diseases are transferred from the bug to humans through mosquito bites, and in some cases, can kill humans. Female mosquitoes are the only ones that feed on humans – they need a meal of blood to lay fertile eggs.
Other types of mosquitoes that may be in Virginia include:
- Inland floodwater mosquito;
- Common malaria mosquito, though this one is usually found in rice fields in the southern United States;
- Southern house mosquito;
- Unbanded salt marsh mosquito;
- Winter mosquito;
- Black-tailed mosquito;
- Woodland pool mosquito;
- Japanese rockpool mosquito;
- Treehole mosquito; and
- Eastern salt marsh mosquito.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Learning how to get rid of mosquitoes goes a long way in keeping you protected from these pests. While you might need to have a professional spray outside your house to keep the mosquitoes away, you will also have to take steps to keep them from coming back, including:
Make sure there is no standing water outside your home. Clean and put empty flower pots away. Get rid of old tires. If you have a tire swing, drill holes in the bottom so that water drains out of the tire.
Set out feeders to attract birds that eat mosquitoes.
Add plants that repel pests, such as lemongrass.
Use an electric bug zapper on your patio.
Set up oscillating fans around your patio. The mosquitoes can’t fly well in windy conditions.
If you have a pond or other water feature, make sure the water is constantly moving. You can put a pump in the water feature to set up a fountain or to simply move the water around.
Empty and clean birdbaths daily if you must have them.
Mosquitoes have a lifespan of a few days to a few weeks. However, females live a few weeks longer than males. Fighting mosquitoes is a season-long venture.
Contact RichPro Pest Management
If you have a lot of mosquitoes during mosquito season, contact RichPro Pest Management to make an appointment for us to come out and spray your yard. Make sure you don’t have standing water and other mosquito attractants before we come out since the mosquitoes will continue returning if they have breeding grounds to return to.