Julia Cartwright is working to help protect Reston from mosquito bites as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. Julia Cartwright, 16, of Reston, 10th grader at Herndon High, has been giving mosquito vector control presentations in Reston and Northern Virginia on how to reduce mosquito populations and avoid mosquito bites along with erecting blue bird houses at select locations in Reston. She also has mosquito prevention brochures as well as mosquito dunks to put in any standing water you have on your property that you can’t remove yourself.
According to Reston Connection, “The mosquito that is numerous in Reston is the Asian Tiger mosquito. It is a very small mosquito that has white bands on its legs. Like all mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquitoes are dangerous. A fast-moving, very aggressive biter, this type of mosquito comes out during the daytime to feed and has the ability to carry and transmit many dangerous pathogens including the West Nile virus, the Chikungunya virus, encephalomyelitis, dengue fever, yellow fever, and dog heartworm.”
As per Reston Connection, “You can help prevent an infestation of mosquitoes by doing the following.