While you are probably excited about summer, the warmer weather means that fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are also in season. As you apply bug repellent to your own skin, don’t forget about your pets. They are just as susceptible to mosquitoes and the diseases these insects transmit. To keep your pet healthy and prevent heartworm, West Nile and other illnesses carried by mosquitoes, be sure to follow these steps to protecting your pet from summer mosquitoes.
Remove Standing Water from Your Yard
Most varieties of mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs and continue to reproduce. You can significantly reduce the number of new mosquitoes in your yard by simply eliminating standing water. Be sure to empty containers and consider filling in low spots that may tend to collect water. In addition, if you are used to leaving a water bowl outside for your dog, be sure to empty it at night and refill it with fresh water in the morning.
Fix Broken Window Screens
Being able to throw open the windows and enjoy the fresh air is one of the best parts of summer. However, broken and loose screens can allow mosquitoes to enter the home and bite pets even when they are indoors. Take the time to make repairs at the beginning of the season and make sure that bugs stay outdoors.
Avoid Walking Your Dog at Dawn and Dusk
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. These are the times when your pet is most likely to be bit by bugs. Simply waiting for the sun to rise a little more or not putting your evening walk off till the last minute can reduce your pet’s exposure to mosquitoes.
Choose the Right Flea and Tick Treatment
Most flea and tick treatments, such as K9 Advantix and Bio Spot, are also formulated to help repel mosquitoes. Applying these products every month will keep your pet more comfortable and free of bites that are not only itchy and annoying, but have the potential to transmit disease.
Use Pet-Friendly Mosquito Repellents
For added protection, you can use both natural and store bought repellents that work on pets. Keep in mind that it isn’t safe to use repellents that are designed for humans on pets. Visit your local pet store or talk to your vet about pet-safe products that don’t contain harmful chemicals that could make your pet sick. Also, consider using natural remedies, such as lemon eucalyptus oil. When used in combination with topical flea, tick and mosquito treatments, repellents can provide an added line of defense.
Have Your Yard Treated by a Professional
A pest control professional can help you formulate a plan of attack that avoids using potentially dangerous chemicals while still reducing the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Their approach will vary based on your yard and your needs and they will be able to work with you to implement effective, pet-friendly solutions that will keep the whole family happy and healthy.
Don’t forget about your pets as you design your summer pest and mosquito management plan. To get professional advice and have your yard evaluated and treated, call the experts at PMi Management Systems.