Mosquitoes don’t just bite and bother humans—they’re a huge nuisance for our pets, too. These blood-sucking creatures spread diseases and lead to health problems in our pets, like tapeworms and Lyme disease. The worst part is that Fido can’t do anything to protect himself from these flying pests. Instead, it’s up to you to defend him. This post will cover a few of the things all dog owners should do to prevent mosquitoes from bothering their pets this summer:
- Install Mosquito Magician: Your best defense against mosquitoes in your yard is to install Mosquito Magician, an effective form of mosquito pest control in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This product hooks up to your current irrigation system and disperses a solution that kills any mosquitoes currently living in your yard and deters any new ones from visiting. Our professionals can quickly install Mosquito Magician so that you can start living pest free as soon as possible.
- Remove standing water: You may already know that mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, but did you know that they only need about one centimeter of water to start laying eggs? Now, imagine how many eggs they can lay in bird baths, flower pots and other containers around your yard. Take a few moments and go empty any containers that have stagnant water in them.
- Mow your lawn: Mosquitoes love hiding out in taller grass. You can make your yard less attractive to them by mowing your lawn on a regular basis. Make a habit of mowing more frequently, and you can drastically reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property.
- Apply pet mosquito repellents: Bug spray does wonders to keep mosquitoes and other pests off our skin, and mosquito repellents designed for pets work just as well. Spraying your animals before heading outside reduces the chances of bites and associated health problems. Keep in mind that it’s important to avoid putting human mosquito repellents on your dogs—the chemicals we use to keep pests off our skin can be harmful to pets.
- Fix broken windows and screens: Unfortunately, you don’t just have to worry about mosquitoes when you’re outside in your yard. It’s easy for these small pests to sneak inside your house if you have any broken windows or torn screens. Make sure to seal all of these points of entry to keep everyone safe inside. It’s generally a smart idea to keep your windows closed throughout the summer unless you have fully intact screens on all of your windows. Additionally, always close the door behind you when you leave the house.
- Stay inside during peak mosquito hours: Though it depends on the breed, dawn and dusk are typically the times of day when mosquitoes are most active. If you can, we recommend staying inside during these times. You’re much less likely to be bitten if you go out in the middle of the day rather than the beginning or end of it.
When it comes to mosquito pest control in Fort Lauderdale, FL, nobody beats Spillers Sprinklers Inc. Give us a call today to learn more about Mosquito Magician or to set up an installation appointment.