Most of us are all well-aware of the harm mosquitoes can cause to humans, but what about man’s best friend? As it turns out, one of the world’s most annoying pests are just as attracted to your pets as they are to you. Don’t forget about taking precautions for your animals when protecting your family from mosquitoes.
Dogs, cats and horses can all pose as potential victims to the dangers of mosquitoes. Almost 250,000 dogs and cats are treated each year for heartworms, which is a disease caused by a parasite that’s spread through a mosquito bite. Heartworms can cause heart disease and eventually heart failure, making it very important that you take the necessary precautions to protect them from mosquitoes and keep them properly shielded via preventative medicines.
While most flea medications also deter mosquitoes, however it’s not a 100% guarantee that your animals are protected. Here are some other ways that you can protect your four-legged friends:
Mosquito Misting Treatment
The most efficient method of protecting your pets from mosquito harm is Palmetto Mosquito Control’s mosquito misting treatment. The Mosquito Misting Treatment acts as an irrigation system in your yard. This system is built into your landscape and is used to reduce the number of mosquitoes and gnats in your yard as well as protect your pets in the process. No misting treatment is the same and the layout of your misting treatment can easily be customized to keep your pet’s safety in mind.
Mosquito Barrier Treatment
March through November are consider mosquito and gnat season on the East Coast. During these months, professional technicians of Palmetto Mosquito control can perform a mosquito barrier treatment to your yard every 2-4 weeks. This treatment will drastically decrease the number of mosquitoes in your yard and keep pets safe from possible bites.
Technicians begin a barrier treatment by surveying your yard to inspect areas that are prone to mosquito breeding. Each treatment is personalized to the customer and techs are careful not to spray areas where your pet heavily in habits, edible vegetation or other sensitive areas of your yard. At the end of the treatment, Palmetto Mosquito Control use a tool called a mosquito fogger on areas with a lot of shrubs where mosquitoes tend to rest and breed.
West Nile Vaccine
Horses are just as likely to get West Nile Virus from a mosquito bite as humans. The West Nile Virus is described as an inflammation of the nervous system and it’s often hard to tell if symptoms are present, however it can be deadly. Horses can become infected from a simple mosquito bite and are considered very susceptible to this virus. Get your horses vaccinated with the West Nile vaccine and use bug spray whenever possible to prevent illness.
The most-common disease transmitted from mosquito to dogs and cats is heartworms. It also happens to be very deadly, as symptoms don’t usually show until the animal is very ill. Heartworm medication can be administered at your pet’s annual vet visits to ensure your animal stays heartworm free. Even with medication, it’s important that you spray your animals with pet bug spray during summer and early fall months when mosquito transmitted diseases are at an all time.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
If you’re looking for an all natural route, lemon eucalyptus oil is a great alternative to strong bug sprays and chemicals. When oil from a lemon eucalyptus tree is applied to the skin, it acts as an insect repellent. This oil is a common ingredient in various kinds of bug spray, including those suitable for pets. The only downside is that the oil doesn’t last as long as some other repellents with stronger ingredients, so it must be applied often.