Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friends. However, it’s also the time when mosquitoes are most active – flying around and causing chaos and frustration wherever they buzz. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance for pets and humans alike, but they can also pose serious risks to your overall home health.
As pet owners, we want to do everything we can to keep our furry friends safe and healthy, and one of the biggest threats to our pets during the warm summer months is mosquitoes. Not only do mosquitoes cause itchy bites, but they can also wreak havoc on the health of your yard or garden – as well as your peace of mind.
What Are Mosquitos and How Harmful Are They to Your Home and Pets?
Most of us are familiar with mosquitoes, but let’s dive a little deeper to really understand how they operate and how you can protect your home with preventative tips and mosquito spraying.
Mosquitoes are small, flying insects that belong to the family Culicidae. And did you know that there are over 3,000 known species of mosquitoes found all over the world?
As most of us know, mosquitoes are known for their subtle bites that leave a lasting itch, which they use to feed on the blood of animals, including humans.
Mosquitoes can be harmful to your home, yard, and pets for several reasons. First and foremost, they’re known carriers of many diseases. Innately, that’s something you want to avoid as a pet owner with a little guy that wants to run around and even yourself.
In addition to the potential for disease transmission, mosquitoes can also be a nuisance in your home and yard. Their bites are itchy and can cause irritation and discomfort for both you and your pets.
Mosquitoes can also lay their eggs in standing water, which can be found in pools, bird baths, and even puddles in your yard. The larvae that hatch from these eggs can then develop into adult mosquitoes, which can exacerbate the problem.
Mosquitoes can be a significant issue for both humans and pets, so it’s essential to take steps to control their population and protect yourself and your loved ones from the potential harm they can cause.
Backyard Mosquito Control: How to Protect Your Pets
There are a host of ways you can protect your pets, yard, and garden from incessant mosquitos. From precautionary measures to control and extermination, here are some helpful ways to reduce the amount of mosquitoes you see buzzing at your next barbeque.
1. Use Mosquito Repellent
One of the easiest ways to protect your pets from mosquitoes is to use mosquito repellent. There are many safe and effective mosquito repellents designed specifically for pets on the market today. Look for products that contain ingredients like citronella, lemongrass, or peppermint oil, as these are all-natural ingredients that are safe for pets.
2. Avoid Being Outside During Peak Mosquito Hours
Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk, so try to limit your pet’s outdoor activities during these times. Instead, schedule walks and playtime during the cooler parts of the day when mosquito activity is lower.
3. Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so it’s important to remove any standing water sources around your home. This includes flower pots, bird baths, and clogged gutters. Be sure to also empty and refill your pet’s water bowl regularly, too.
4. Keep Your Yard Maintained
Tall grass and overgrown vegetation provide the perfect hiding places for mosquitoes during the day. Maintain your yard and trim any overgrown bushes or plants to help reduce mosquitoes’ presence.
This maintenance will also ensure your garden is protected, providing less opportunity for mosquitoes to cause damage like heartworm disease transmission. With this in mind, it’s also vital to keep your pet protected with routine heartworm medication.
5. Treat Your Yard for Mosquitoes
Are mosquitoes becoming too much? Consider treating your yard for mosquitoes with a professional pest control company like Terminix. Terminix offers a variety of mosquito control services designed to eliminate mosquitoes and keep them from coming back. Mosquito control services can include yard treatments, misting systems, and mosquito trapping.
Protecting your pets from mosquitoes in the South Carolina area is essential to keeping them healthy and happy. And it’s equally important to protect your outdoor space to ensure you and your family can enjoy the time you have together.
By using mosquito repellent, avoiding peak mosquito hours, removing standing water, keeping your yard maintained, putting your pets on heartworm prevention, and calling Terminix to treat your yard for mosquitoes, you’re taking the best steps you can to keep your pets and yard safe from mosquitoes and the nuisance they cause.
Terminix is Here to Help Protect Against Harmful Mosquitoes
What can Terminix do to help reduce and control rampant mosquito populations?
One of the primary ways that Terminix can help protect your yard from mosquitoes is through our mosquito treatment services. We use a variety of methods to control mosquitoes, including applying insecticides to your yard, treating standing water where mosquitoes breed, and using mosquito traps to capture and kill adult mosquitoes.
Another way that Terminix can help protect your pets from mosquitoes is by offering flea and tick control services. Fleas and ticks can also transmit diseases to your pets and our services can help prevent infestations and reduce the risk.
Terminix’s pest control services can be an effective way to protect your yard and pets from mosquitoes. By using a combination of treatment methods and providing you with advice on how to reduce mosquito breeding sites, we want you to enjoy your summer. In fact, we offer the industry’s strongest guarantee, meaning if the mosquitoes come back, so do we.
While Terminix cannot guarantee customers will not get bitten by mosquitoes, by significantly reducing the mosquito population in a given area, everyone can reduce the chances of bites occurring. And that’s something to smile about.
For more information on our mosquito control services, call us at ###-###-####.