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Why worry about mosquitoes?

We’re all familiar with those pesky mosquitoes that buzz around and occasionally bite us. Read about the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in the Alexandria area.

These biting pests can carry a variety of diseases:

West Nile Virus – now considered a seasonal epidemic in North America, West Nile virus makes the news nearly every summer. It is spread by mosquitoes and causes inflammation of the brain, and can be fatal in some patients.

Heartworm – a parasite affecting household pets, the larvae are transmitted by mosquitoes. Untreated, heartworms can clog up the heart, causing cardiovascular problems and death of your pet.

Malaria – this mosquito-borne disease can be found around the world. Symptoms can vary from one patient to another, and include fever, body aches, coma, and death.

Better Termite & Pest Control’s three-pronged approach to mosquito control focuses on mosquito prevention and control in the Alexandria, Virginia area in three steps:

1) Site Survey. We survey your property taking note of potential mosquito breeding sites. These are areas that hold water such as bird baths, gutters, etc. Other breeding areas are listed here on our mosquito prevention page. Our first recommendation is to eliminate these areas of standing water. It is important to empty bird baths and other water-filled areas once a week to prevent mosquito problems. Once our survey is complete, we’ll provide a treatment plan for your backyard mosquito control program. Home mosquito control is very important to prevent diseases like West Nile Virus

2) Mosquito Larvicide Application. We apply a larvicide to such areas as gutters, bird baths, plant drip trays, prevent the mosquito larva from developing into adults We apply larvicide ONLY where absolutely necessary.

3) Mosquito Adulticide Application. Using a backpack mist blower, we apply a material designed to kill adult mosquitoes on foliage around your property. We pay special attention to hot spots found during the survey.