Mosquitoes can be considered one of the most obnoxious creatures to inhabit the Earth. Not only are they a major nuisance, but they can also be dangerous to both humans and pets. Just like humans, pets can be infected with certain diseases that a mosquito may be carrying- especially if you have a pet that likes to be outside! Unlike humans, pets don’t have the ability to swat the pesky mosquitoes away. Dogs are especially at risk as heartworm is a dangerous disease carried by mosquitoes.
Regardless of where you live, keeping your pet safe from mosquitoes should be a major priority. From Heartworm, to West Nile, to Zika- mosquito bites can be dangerous. The best way to prevent infection is to prevent bites from happening in the first place. Here, we will take a look at some prevention methods that will help keep those pesky mosquitoes away.
Keep your home mosquito free.
If you don’t have them already, screen doors are a great option for keeping mosquitoes at bay. During the cooler months, it is tempting to want to keep the doors wide open- but screen doors will allow the cool breeze to still flow through while keeping the mosquitoes- and other pesky bugs- out. You can also utilize a pet-safe mosquito repellent around the door frames.
Keep your yard mosquito free.
Mosquitoes LOVE standing water. Be sure to keep your backyard clear from any standing or non-flowing water sources. Mosquitoes use standing water as their main breeding areas. By removing these sources, you will eliminate potential breeding grounds, hence reducing the amount of mosquitoes in your yard. You can also utilize a bug zapper or mosquito magnet as well.
Use an animal friendly mosquito or insect repellent.
If you happen to live in an area that is prone to mosquitoes- you may want to invest in an effective and pet safe insect repellent. Human insect repellent that contains Deet, is harmful to animals. Make sure to buy one that is specifically formulated for animals. Luckily, most mosquito repellents also act as flea and tick prevention as well!
Try a heartworm preventative.
Heartworm can be a very scary experience for a dog and its owners. That is why it is a good idea to prevent it from the start. Luckily, there are a variety of heartworm preventative options. Consider consulting your veterinarian on which would be the best option for your pet. If you haven’t already, you can read more about Heartworm on our blog here!
By keeping your pets safe from mosquitoes, you will also decrease your risk of mosquito bites as well. Remember, keep the doors closed if you don’t have screens, eliminate standing water and utilize a pet friendly mosquito repellent. Your special furbaby will appreciate it!