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.
Mosquito & Tick Management: Pesticide Reduction for Pollinator Protection identifies local mosquitoes and ticks, as well as controls, repellents, and avoidance strategies without use of heavy chemicals.
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.
Mythbusters–Mosquitoes highlights the facts and fiction about mosquitoes.
Your Field Guide to Battle Ticks provides quick information to identify, avoid, and remove ticks.
For general questions about local mosquitoes and treatments, contact: Arlington County Cooperative Extension Service.