They are the most deadly creatures on Earth. Not to be outdone by the bear, the lion, or the shark, mosquitoes are responsible for carrying all sorts of deadly diseases, as well as being the epitome of annoyance.
Most of us just want to enjoy the outdoors in peace, without the hum of a winged nuisance in the background. With pest control, however, comes chemicals. What’s a pet owner to do when it comes to defending ourselves against these tiny pests? Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is here to help with pet safe mosquito control tips just for you.
The Deadly Mosquito
It is no secret that mosquitoes are the bearers of sickness and death to people and animals all over the world. They are able to transmit many blood-borne diseases through their bite, including:
- Dengue fever
- Zika virus
- Heartworm disease (dogs and cats)
- West Nile Virus (humans and horses)
- St. Louis Encephalitis
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis (horses)
These annoying insects not only disrupt our fun, but they can also be downright deadly.
Practicing Pet Safe Mosquito Control
Short of hosing down yourself and your property with chemicals, it can be difficult to control mosquitoes. Chemicals always pose a risk, though, and depending on how serious the mosquito population is, there may be other ways to deter these winged demons.
Practicing pet safe mosquito control is an option in most situations. A combination of the following tactics can decrease the mosquito population enough to help you and your pets enjoy the great outdoors.
- Get rid of standing water on your property that may be harboring mosquito eggs. Change the water in things like bird baths frequently.
- Plant mosquito repellent plants, including lemongrass, catnip, lavender, sage, mint, and rosemary. Choices like citronella and eucalyptus may pose a hazard if pets ingest them, so they are best avoided.
- Use a fan when sitting outside to create a current that deters mosquitoes.
- Build a mosquito trap.
- Avoid the outdoors during peak mosquito times.
- Fix any broken screens that may allow mosquitoes access.
Avoid spraying your pet with insect repellants, as most are not made to be ingested, and what self-respecting dog doesn’t lick himself from time to time? DEET-containing repellants are of particular concern.
Many topical flea and tick preventatives provide some mosquito repellency. Please ask us for recommendations for your pet.
Mosquitoes are no fun, but they are a part of life here in Alabama. Using pet safe mosquito control tactics, when possible, is a good way to help you and your four-legged family be able to enjoy the outdoors while staying healthy.