Summer in Florida doesn’t just mean pool parties and beach trips; it also means mosquitoes are ready to attack. You know how to protect yourself, but what can you do to protect your favorite furry animals? The following tips and tricks will help you shield your pets from mosquitoes and their infections.
Never Use Human Insect Repellent
DEET and other insect repellents work effectively on humans, but it is vital that you never use them on your dog or cat. The ingredients in human bug sprays are toxic to your pets; they can cause vomiting, seizures, and skin irritation. Purchase insect repellants formulated specifically for animals, like flea and tick products that can also repel mosquitoes. K9 Advantix and Bio Spot are popular triple-action products that will effectively protect your dog all summer long.
Prevent all Stagnant, Standing Water Around Your Home
Your dog probably loves to find and lap up water, but so do mosquitoes. Standing water offers the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, so remain diligent about preventing any stagnant, standing water from forming on your property. This will eliminate a major risk factor and keep your dog free from bites.
Try Natural Remedies
In addition to bug repellants specifically formulated for dogs, you can also try natural methods of protection using essential oils. Lemon Eucalyptus is a natural mosquito repellant that has been found to provide protection comparable to DEET, but without the harmful chemicals! It is even approved to protect against mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. Try putting the oil in a special holder on your dog’s collar or combining with a base oil to rub on his body.
Hire Professional Pest Control
Above all else, a professional pest control company can provide the treatments necessary to stop mosquitoes from invading your yard during the summer. The Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg and Clearwater uses periodic barrier sprays and permanent misting systems to kill and repel 176 species of mosquitoes, including those that carry illnesses.
Call to schedule an appointment with the Mosquito Squad. Combined with the tactics described above, you and your pets can enjoy a safe and mosquito-free summer season.