As summer approaches, we all know that it’s mosquito time. Here are 5 ways to protect your dog from these pests.
We, humans, get annoyed with mosquito bites, but ever wondered what about dogs? They have to face the same annoyance just like us.
As dog owners, it gets a little challenging to keep your dog safe from fleas, mosquitos, etc. If you are faced with a similar issue, look no further. In this article, I will be covering 5 of the best ways to protect your pet from pests.
So, let’s get started!
Use Appropriate Mosquito Repellant on Your Pet
The first and the basic step to protect your pet from mosquitoes is to use a mosquito repellant. While doing so, ensure that you do not use human insect repellant on them.
Those repellants contain ingredients that are dangerous for pets. It could cause serious infections and other issues like a seizure, vomiting, etc. It would be best if you consulted your vet and opted for a dog-safe mosquito repellant.
The dog-safe repellants are specifically made for dogs and aren’t quite expensive as well. They come in various forms, such as sprays and tubes. You need to apply it to your dog frequently after every few hours.
One of the most convenient options is a spot-on treatment for your pet. It is super easy to apply and is very effective. It protects the dog from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, and various other insects.
Fogging machines are beneficial in keeping mosquitoes and other insects away. They are used in a liquid form or an oil-based solution. More than often, people use them in poultries, farms, etc.
You could use it in your home and your garden. It will help create a mosquito-free environment around you and your pet.
Also, look out for stagnant water in dog bowls, flower pots, etc. These are the hideouts of mosquitoes. You can effectively keep them away by treating the area around your place with fogging machines.
The question that gets asked more than often is how much does a fogging machine cost? The answer to that is, it isn’t much expensive at all. Yet, if you find it costly, it’s completely alright. It’s like a one-time investment that you will never regret buying.
Another doubt that arises often is whether the fogger machines are efficient or not? The answer to that is certainly yes. The effect lasts for about 72 hours after spraying. It is surely worth a try.
Check the Entrances of Your Houses
Open doors and windows are the main entry points for mosquitoes. They shouldn’t be left open, especially during the dawn.
Ensure that the screens on the doors and windows are in proper condition. If they are worn out, you should fix them at the earliest. This will keep mosquitoes away from your house.
Numerous scents are appealing to human beings. However, they repel mosquitoes. Basil, Eucalyptus, lavender, to name a few scents, are dreaded by mosquitoes. You can light candles using any of these essential oils and keep your house free of flies.
You can have plants in your house, such as citronella, which acts as a mosquito repellent. Marigold is yet another common and popular mosquito repellant plant.
You can also try using vinegar to make a spray, which effectively keeps flies away. Coffee beans usually have a strong smell. These beans, when grounded, tend to give out a much stronger smell. It’s a great way to keep those annoying pests away.
Keep Stagnant Water Away From Your House
Stagnant water is a breeding ground for adult mosquitoes. When there’s no such access nearby, you won’t find flies or pests hovering near your house. If you are a plant lover, ensure that the pot pans are regularly emptied.
Pot pans left unemptied for 2-3 days is a clear-cut invitation to the flies. Also, after you have given your dog a bowl of water to drink, make sure you have emptied it. Leaving the bowl filled and unattended could lead to having a swamp of mosquitoes soon.
If you have an air conditioner, it would be better to check the space between it and the window frame. If the space is large enough and has water accumulated around, it is best to cover it.
Avoid Mosquito-Rush Hours
We, humans, have our rush hours wherein we are the most active. In the same manner, mosquitoes too have their peak hours. During such hours they are seen a lot.
While walking your dog is good, you should do it during the non-peak hours. Mosquitoes are very active, especially during dawn and dusk. It would be best if you avoid these times for prevention from mosquito bites.
You must also ensure that you do not walk your dog near stagnant waters. As mentioned earlier, these are the places where mosquitoes are most active. Avoiding such places and times is the best way of protecting your dog from mosquito bites.
Following these measures can help in great ways.
Dogs are said to be the best pets on the planet, and there’s no denying that. The fact that you are here shows how much you care for your pet. I hope that these tips help you in keeping them safe from mosquito bites.
Apart from the methods mentioned above, there are several other ways as well. These were the ones that are used by most people worldwide and claim to be effective.
The end motive is to ensure that you and your dog are protected well enough. There are certain natural measures too which you could use. What matters most is to find a measure that is suits your dog the best.
I know how much your dog means to you, so Good Luck in keeping them protected at all times.
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