With humans, mosquito bites can result in anything from an annoying itch to a whole host of parasitic diseases. For your dog, on the other hand, mosquito bites can lead to a potentially deadly disease – heartworms.
How do you keep your furry friends safe?
Heartworm disease is a very serious and potentially deadly disease in pets. It is caused by foot-long worms, Dirofilaria immitis, which live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected pets. Heartworms can cause severe lung damage, heart failure, and damage to other organs in the body.
Symptoms of heartworms include:
- Weight loss
- Exercise intolerance
Mosquitos play the biggest role in the transmission of heartworms in animals. According to the American Heartworm Society, “adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days.”
Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound.
There are treatments available for heartworms, but prevention and mosquito control are the most important when caring for your animals.
The likelihood of heartworms infection can be minimized by keeping your pets indoors and controlling the mosquito population in and around your home. That’s where Mosquito Marshals come in.
Things You Can Do
Here are a few tips to help you minimize your chances of pet infections:
- Call Mosquito Marshals and schedule your service today! Using our highly effective blend of ingredients, a trained specialist will provide your home or business with a safe, pest-free environment for 21 days.
- Remove sources of stagnant water around your home. (It only takes a bottle caps worth of standing water for the breeding process to begin.)
- Change your pet’s water bowl frequently
- Avoid walking your dogs in areas heavily populated with mosquitos
- Put your pets on a heartworm preventative
- Keep your pets inside during the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are most active
Both you and your pets will benefit from controlling the mosquito population around your home. Give Mosquito Marshals a call today to schedule your spray today.
We use an integrated pest management system to identify and reduce the mosquito habitat, eliminate larvae and kill the adult mosquito. It is the use of this system that will give you an enjoyable mosquito-free environment.