Mosquito Prevention Tips
Mosquitoes in our yards and gardens are more than just a nuisance. In many states, the deadly West Nile Virus is proving to be the latest threat posed by these pesty creatures. The key to controlling mosquitoes is in controlling their breeding places.
Mosquitoes lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water, which will hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the first place.
Follow these tips to protect your pet and family:
* Most important for our canine friends…Remember to use dog heartworm preventive. Heartworm prevention is a prescription tablet or ointment given once monthly. It’s easy and safe to give, in fact most dogs take it as a treat. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. (Another reason to dislike those annoying pests!)
* While there have been very few cases of West Nile Virus reported in canines, it’s still wise to observe the following precautions suggested by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). These tips can help safeguard human family members too.
* Keep pets indoors as much as possible at dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.
* Eliminate areas of standing water that can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and remember to recheck after each rainfall.
* Change any outdoor water bowls at least once a day to prevent mosquitoes from using them to lay their eggs.
* The APCC does not recommend the use of mosquito control products that contain DEET. Dogs and cats are extremely sensitive to DEET and may develop neurological problems if a product formulated with DEET is applied to them.
* Some topical flea and tick control products for dogs such as Frontline and K9 Advantix contain mosquito and fly repellent.
* Avoid using pest control products with concentrated essential oils such as tea tree, pennyroyal and d-limonine. These concentrates have caused weakness, paralysis, liver problems and seizures in pets, plus their effectiveness is not proven.
* When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors.
* Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoors with infants.
* Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening, which are peak mosquito biting times.