With increased worries about contracting illnesses from mosquitoes and ticks, we need to think beyond using repellents to protect ourselves from bites.
It is vital to take measures to limit the ability of mosquitoes to breed around our homes and in our communities. We also should know how to identify and manage ticks, and where to get more information if we’ve encountered them. Also very important is to make every effort to protect other insects that are critical to ecosystem—pollinators, and insects that provide food for birds and other wildlife.
Here are sources of information to learn more about controlling mosquitoes and becoming better informed about ticks without creating a greater harm to the environment.
Safe and Effective Mosquito Control provides information on how eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, best personal protection, why spraying is the least effective mosquito control, and additional resources.
View the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service fact sheet that answers frequently asked questions about mosquitoes.
2017 Outdoors in the Time of Zika includes important information to share with neighbors and communities about mosquitoes and how to control them effectively.
Mythbusters–Mosquitoes highlights the facts and fiction about mosquitoes.
2017 Identifying and Managing Ticks shows how to identify ticks in the DC region, how to repel them, and where to get further information about ticks.
For general questions about local mosquitoes and treatments, contact: Arlington County Cooperative Extension Service.