Mosquitoes in Seattle
Providing Mosquito Control to Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, Bremerton & Puyallup.
Currently we are not accepting new clients for mosquito control. If you are an existing customer, please contact us for an estimate or with any questions.
Whitworth Pest Solutions has been providing mosquito control for homeowners, homeowner associations, businesses, and cities in western Washington for several years. We have the experience and knowledge to perform mosquito control and can handle complex situations. The licenses and permits we have allow us to treat for adults on land and larvae in bodies of water. On land, treatment can include fogging and barrier treatments; in water, it’s the application of larvacide. Treating for mosquitoes is one way to help avoid West Nile Virus.
West Nile Virus
The following are some facts about this mosquito-borne disease
There is no human vaccine for West Nile virus; you must avoid mosquito bites. Repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective and certain products containing permethrin can be used on clothing. Go indoors when mosquitoes are bad, especially at dusk. Install good screens on all windows and doors. Dump water out of bird baths and wading pools regularly. Clean out plugged gutters full of water, and don’t let water stand anywhere on your property.
Adults over 50 are at greatest risk. Poor health is not a prerequisite; many who became infected were healthy and physically active.
For homeowner associations with water retention ponds or catch basins, contact us about our mosquito prevention programs. For cities or counties with plans for controlling mosquitoes, contact us as well. We can also help individual homeowners with mosquito control programs. While many cities and counties are now stepping up to the plate with mosquito abatement programs, it’s unlikely that most will provide individual homeowners with mosquito control; that responsibility typically falls upon the individual property owner.
If you would like to learn more about West Nile virus go to the Washington State Department of Health website or call 1-866-78VIRUS. You also can check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Zika virus has no vaccine either, and authorities say a vaccine is likely a few years away. Zika virus is currently spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). Neither of these species live in Washington State. Zika can also be passed, however through sex.
Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain serious birth defects, including microcephaly.
If you would like to learn more about Zika virus, go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.