Mosquito Control Best Practices

Author: Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC

Keeping your property free and clear of mosquitoes requires the right kind of response. After all, you don’t want to coat your back yard in a pesticide that will harm you, your family or pets, or your plants. You don’t want to harm the local wildlife, either. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do that will let you enjoy the outdoors without mosquitoes buzzing in your ears.

Tip: Keep yourself covered.

  • Cover as much skin as possible. While this can be uncomfortable in the warm weather, use lightweight materials and keep your shirt tucked in and wear socks.
  • When outside on a patio or having a garden party, consider utilizing a fan with a rotating head. Because mosquitoes are weak fliers, this will help keep them away physically.
  • Stay indoors, put screens around your patio, or hang netting around your seating, especially at sunrise, sunset, and dusk.

Tip: Don’t leave outstanding water.

  • Make sure your gutters are clean and clear, eliminating darkened water that attracts mosquito females.
  • Keep up maintenance around outdoor faucets, air conditioner units, hoses, feeding troughs, flat roofs, etc. Ensure there are no leaks to cause standing water.
  • Empty or refresh any standing water, such as kiddie pools or bird baths.
  • If there are open containers (e.g., soda cans, water buckets), make sure they are disposed of or put away.

Tip: Do use repellents!

  • Repellents are still one of the most effective forms of keeping mosquitoes from biting you.
  • Soy-based repellents have been shown to be as effective as repellents containing DEET.
  • Be sure to understand the restrictions of any natural methods.
  • Re-apply when necessary, bearing in mind that high activity with sweating or activities such as swimming may cause the repellent to be effective for less time. Most sprays last for as long as 90 minutes.

Tip: Consider animals that eat mosquitoes.

  • If you have or plan to have a pond in your yard or garden, consider several kinds of fish that feed on mosquito larvae. Look into what’s appropriate for where you live, and look for species including catfish, fathead minnows, goldfish, killifish, or mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis).
  • Birds have also known predators of mosquitoes and even mosquito larvae. Consider including bird feeders and similar to encourage birds to frequent your yard.
  • Tadpoles and frogs or toads also eat mosquito larvae and mosquitoes.

DC Mosquito Squad can help.

Our highly trained and friendly technicians can utilize some methods to keep your yard clear of mosquitoes. We offer a barrier spray which lasts up to 21 days, a misting system that we will regularly check and refill, or a natural option derived from garlic which lasts up to 14 days. We meet the restrictions and guidelines set out on local, state, and government levels, and all of our products are registered with the EPA.

At DC Mosquito Squad, we also understand the inherent importance of other insects, especially pollinating bees. Our technicians never spray flower blossoms to avoid the potential of harming pollinating bees as much as possible. Likewise, we understand there are more insects that are problematic pests. We can also treat your yard for aphids, gnats, carpenter bees, ground bees, hornets, stinkbugs, ticks, and wasps.

Why you should choose the DC Mosquito Squad:

  • Same-day service may be available.
  • We partner with Malaria No More to help provide education, equipment, and treatment to those at the highest risk, as well as to develop a vaccine for malaria.
  • I am licensed and insured to work in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
  • Now open on Saturdays throughout the season.
  • 5 certified applicators on staff.
  • Free re-treatments for seasonal customers.
  • Misting systems are maintained by our staff, including winterizing the system.