Summer is approaching and with that comes beautiful and fun memories spent outside with the whole family. Whether your family loves to BBQ, play catch in the yard, or enjoy swing-sets and pools, keeping your family safe and healthy while outside is very important.
Protecting our four-legged family members in our yard
Pesky insects like mosquitoes and ticks can negatively impact the health of your pets. To ensure their safety, it is imperative that your yard is treated to protect your four-legged family members. Let's face it, our dogs would probably prefer to spend all day and night in our yards versus our homes during the warmer months especially.
Mosquitoes might not seem like an issue for relatively furry animals like dogs and cats, but having long hair doesn’t prevent them from getting bitten. While we generally associate mosquito bites with itching and irritation, they can also spread serious bacterial and parasitic infections, chief among them heartworm disease. Mosquitoes play a critical role in transmitting heartworm from other wild host animals like coyotes and foxes to dogs and cats. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats. Due to their longevity, each mosquito season poses a potential risk of increasing the number of worms in an infected pet.
Remove Standing Water
Did you know that mosquitoes are attracted to moist areas and in fact even lay eggs around and in standing water. To protect your entire family from the dangers of mosquitoes, we recommend removing standing water around your home and in your yard. Remember to change your pet's water bowl at least once daily as well to protect the inside of your home too from unwanted pests.
The key to controlling mosquitoes in your yard is to understand how and where they breed. By reducing the number of places where larvae can grow, and killing them as they do, will greatly diminish the amount of mosquitoes in your yard. Below are some additional tips and tricks to protect your family from mosquitoes in your yard this summer: