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Protect Your Pets from Mosquitoes

Summer time in Edmonton is officially mosquito season.

Mosquitoes are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Their bite injects venom into the site that causes a reaction, usually in the form of a small bump that will itch for some time.

Mosquitoes are common, especially in wet areas. There are really two defense strategies that work against a swarm of the pests – repellents that contain DEET (Diethyl-meta-toluamide) and just plain evacuating the area. As mosquito bites are exceptionally annoying, more than a few picnics and other social outings have been cut short by their untimely appearance.

Pets, however, can’t tell you they need bug spray, and might not be able to move to a better location when the mosquitoes come out. A mosquito attack can be very irritating to a pet, and can produce severe reactions or even transmit diseases to your cat or dog.

Mosquitoes are known to carry both heartworm (though not a significant risk in Alberta, it is in Manitoba and BC) and West Nile Disease. These diseases are harmful to a wide variety of creatures, so it’s best not to risk them. Some pets can have allergies to mosquito bites, which will worsen their effect.

So what can you do to keep Fido free of mosquito bites?

1) Eliminate mosquitoes at their source – The nasty critters breed in water, so remove all standing water from your property. A clogged eaves trough provides an incubator, so clean them out and keep them dry. Change the water in your birdbath frequently so it doesn’t become a haven.

2) Bring your pets in at biting time – Mosquitoes hatch in cycles, with evening being the peak. Chances are good that if you’re getting bit, so are your pets.

3) Use a topical medication on your dogs and cats -There are several brands of insect repellent that can be used to make your pet less appetizing to biting parasites, including mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Your veterinarian can make the best recommendations.

The next time you’re itching and scratching because of mosquito bites, remember that your best friend is vulnerable too.

If you think your home or property might harbour a threat to Edmonton’s environment (or just your own comfort), give Poulin’s Pest Control a call. Our technicians are courteous, knowledgeable, and have experience in dealing with all types of pests. Remember, there’s no foolin’ with Poulin!

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