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Mosquitoes Can Transmit Heartworms and Other Parasites to Pets

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Eliminate Weeds and Standing Water to Limit Mosquito Populations

Published on August 26, 2017

There are many different products on the market designed to prevent heart worms in dogs and cats, most of which can be administer to your pet orally.

Often, however, it’s a good idea to prevent the spread and proliferation of the mosquitoes themselves, which will, in turn, lower the chances of your dog or cat contracting heart worms. In the summer months when mosquitoes are at their most active, there are a number of proactive steps you can take around your home to keep your family members and your pets safe and disease-free.

Heart worms can cause lasting damage to a dog’s heart, lungs, and arteries, and can continue to harm your pet even after they have left the body. If left untreated, these parasites can continue to multiply and seriously impact your dog’s quality of life.

Heart worms are easily prevented but have proven to be fairly costly to treat; and then there’s the chance that they’ll be caught too late, after the bulk of the damage has been done.

mosquitoesThese can be fairly difficult parasites to treat, in part because they can often be quite difficult to detect. While obvious outward signs may not be visible, a trained vet will be able to administer a simple blood test to determine if your dog or cat has heart worms.

If the test indicates the presence of a parasite, the vet will likely recommend a regimen of antibiotics, which usually lasts for a number of months. This course of action can sometimes be costly, which is why prevention of the parasite is often the most efficient and cost-effective measure available.

 

Perhaps the most important precaution to take is to eliminate areas where standing water is allowed to collect, such as flowerpots, birdbaths, and naturally low areas of your lawn.

Mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amount of standing water, and eliminating these areas on your property will go a long way in keeping their numbers down as the weather gets increasingly hotter.

Another smart step to take is to keep weeds and grass under control, which will naturally limit the hiding places for mosquitoes during the hotter daylight hours.

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Some experts suggest that perfume and cologne act as attractants to mosquitoes, and people wearing these products may experience a greater number of mosquito bites than normal.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mosquito control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If mosquitoes have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced mosquito removal experts.

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Mosquitoes Spread Heart Worms and Other Diseases

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Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Places to Keep Your Pets Healthy This Summer

With summer and mosquito season well and truly upon us, it’s important to be aware of the health risks that come with mosquito infestations. While the spread of Zika virus and West Nile virus continue to make headlines all over the world, it’s prudent to consider the dangers that these pests can present for pets. For example, heart worms are a deadly yet mostly silent malady which your dog or cat can contract from the bite of a mosquito.

Heart worms are easily prevented but have proven to be fairly costly to treat; and then there’s the chance that they’ll be caught too late, after the bulk of the damage has been done. While obvious outward signs may not be visible, a trained vet will be able to administer a simple blood test to determine if your dog or cat has heart worms. If the test indicates the presence of a parasite, the vet will likely recommend a regimen of antibiotics, which usually lasts for a number of months. This course of action can sometimes be costly, which is why prevention of the parasite is often the most efficient and cost-effective measure available.

There are many different products on the market designed to prevent heart worms in dogs and cats, most of which can be administer to your pet orally.

mosquitoesOften, however, it’s a good idea to prevent the spread and proliferation of the mosquitoes themselves, which will, in turn, lower the chances of your dog or cat contracting heart worms. In the summer months when mosquitoes are at their most active, there are a number of proactive steps you can take around your home to keep your family members and your pets safe and disease-free.

Perhaps the most important precaution to take is to eliminate areas where standing water is allowed to collect, such as flowerpots, birdbaths, and naturally low areas of your lawn. Mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amount of standing water, and eliminating these areas on your property will go a long way in keeping their numbers down as the weather gets increasingly hotter.

Another smart step to take is to keep weeds and grass under control, which will naturally limit the hiding places for mosquitoes during the hotter daylight hours.

mosquitoesSome experts suggest that perfume and cologne act as attractants to mosquitoes, and people wearing these products may experience a greater number of mosquito bites than normal.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mosquito control exterminators are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If mosquitoes have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced mosquito removal experts.

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Zika Virus

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Zika Virus Reaches Pandemic Levels in Central, South America

Zika virus is native to Africa and is spread through the daytime feeding activities of Aedes mosquitoes. Its name comes from the Zika Forest in Uganda where the virus was first isolated in the 1940s. Like dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile, the Zika virus is transmitted through the feeding habits of female mosquitoes.

The virus causes few, or otherwise very mild, symptoms and is usually treated by rest. Historically, Zika virus has afflicted the narrow equatorial belt which spans from Africa to Asia. In 2014, however, the virus made its way across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia, Easter Island, and eventually to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

Very recently, Zika virus has reached pandemic levels in some areas of South America. In fact, as of February 14th of this year, Hawaii governor David Ige declared a state of emergency in an attempt to fight the joint outbreaks of Zika virus and dengue fever. According to the CDC, Hawaii’s mosquito control and entomology staff was significantly decreased during the economic recession, and, at this time, the state is scrambling to acquire funding to rebuild their mosquito-fighting capabilities. Government officials stress that Hawaii is still a safe to visits, and add that tourism is already off to a strong start in 2016.

Common symptoms associated with Zika virus include mild headaches, topical rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Typically, symptoms of the virus begin fading within two to three days. The illness has traditionally been viewed as fairly mild and actually only manifests in one out of five bitten hosts.

At time of writing, no vaccine or preventative drug is available, but aspirin, along with rest, fluids, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended to ease symptoms.

In February of this year, new evidence has come to light suggesting that Zika fever in pregnant women can cause abnormal brain development in fetuses by mother-to-child transition, which can potentially result in a miscarriage or microcephaly.

Due to the unprecedented rate of infection in new geographical areas, the CDC has issued travel guidelines for pregnant women, urging them to consider postponing travel to these areas. In areas where the spread of infection is more pronounced, such as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica, officials have advised women to avoid getting pregnant until more information about the risks is discovered.

Likewise, new evidence suggests that Zika virus can possibly be transmitted sexually. Three cases of males transmitting the virus to their female partners have been documented thus far. Naturally, this is troubling news for women already living in high-risk countries, and because of the subtle symptoms of the virus, many men may not even know they’ve been infected before engaging in sexual activity with their partners.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infections, work has begun in the United States on a vaccine for Zika virus, though experts suggest that it way take 1 to 2 years to formulate an effective preventative vaccine, and another 10 years before it can be approved for public use. Considering the rapid spread of the virus, it’s unclear if government efforts to formulate a vaccine will be effective.