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Mosquito and Tick Control by American Pest

Disease-transmitting mosquitoes and ticks are found throughout all of Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. Deer ticks—also known as blacklegged ticks—are largely responsible for more than 300,000 reported cases of Lyme disease each year, with the majority of cases coming from mid Atlantic and east coast regions. Ticks of all species are on the rise in our urban areas, primarily due to the expansion of suburban neighborhoods into areas where wildlife are present. Instances of mosquito-borne viruses like Zika and West Nile also continue to make headlines across the country, as companies like American Pest assist research facilities to conduct mosquito sampling in an effort to find new ways to prevent the spread of vector diseases. At American Pest, we offer proven pest control services to help residents of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to control mosquitoes and ticks around the yard—keeping you and yours active outdoors!

Protect Your Family and Pets from Mosquitoes and Ticks

Mosquitoes and ticks are typically a problem for homeowners in Maryland as early as March and as late as October. Spring rains and warmer temperatures allow breeding to occur, especially around properties that have a good amount of moisture, shade, and vegetation. Ornamental ponds, bird baths, and outdoor play equipment can quickly become a suitable habitat for the female mosquito to lay her eggs—as long as the water remains stagnant. Low-growing ground covers such as ivy and pachysandra create a dense environment that not only retains moisture, but encourages mosquitoes and ticks to rest during the warmest hours of the day. Ticks also prefer to rest in dense, moist environments. They gain greater mobility by latching on to passersby—may they be humans or domestic animals like dogs and cats.

What is Lyme disease and why should I be concerned about ticks in my yard?

The short answer is this—Lyme disease is a serious illness many people may never fully recover from. The illness manifests as a bacterial infection transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. While early signs of Lyme disease may resemble a bullseye rash accompanied by symptoms resembling the common flu, debilitating effects of the illness can appear over weeks and months if left untreated or misdiagnosed. Ticks prone to carrying the bacterium that cause Lyme disease are present in neighborhoods around the DMV—especially those that share borders with wooded areas. After overwintering under leaf litter and snow or in cases of mild winters, ticks will emerge early from protected areas and will be carried in on mice, rats, deer and birds. While prompt removal of ticks can help to prevent infection, avoiding tick bites completely is the best course of action to take.

Effective Mosquito and Tick Treatments

Concern for human health and educating the public is a top priority at American Pest. Our home pest control professionals are familiar with the needs of property owners and our much-rivaled training program is accredited by the state of Maryland for continuing pest control education. Treatment for mosquitoes and ticks is comprehensive by design. Our board certified entomologists have created a program that is as thorough as it is effective:

Here’s How We’ll Protect You…

Step 1:  We begin by conducting a complete inspection of your yard and surrounding property to identify where mosquitoes reside and breed.

Step 2:  We utilize a specialized misting system to provide a repellent treatment to foliage areas around the property, paying special attention to areas that retain moisture (i.e. bushes, shrubs, under decks, boundary areas)—performed once a month during peak periods of mosquito and tick activity.

Step 3:  We limit mosquito populations by treating breeding areas with a biological mosquito larvicide that stops the development of larvae at its source!

Our Mosquito & Tick Program includes proven treatments to control mosquitoes and ticks around your home, and is offered for residential customers. With superior protection from biting insect pests, American Pest is the ideal solution to protect the ones you love. Don’t let mosquitoes keep your family indoors; contact us today!