Mosquitos are known as the biggest pests that are prone to spreading multiple diseases to humans, but many don’t realize the same applies to our furry companions. Heartworm disease is a serious illness in pets across the country and is only spread through the bite of mosquitos. Fortunately, pet owners can take additional steps to protecting their dog or cat from this disease.
Learn more about how heartworm disease is transmitted to animals and contact the team at Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control to protect your pets with mosquito control.
How Heartworm Disease is Transmitted to Pets
As the biggest disease transmitters in the world, mosquitos play a significant role in heartworm lifecycles. It all begins when a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an animal infected with microscopic baby worms called microfilaria. The mosquito picks up these baby worms which eventually mature into infective stage larvae over 10 to 14 days.
When the infected mosquito bites your pet, it deposits the larvae onto the surface of the skin where it enters the new host through the bite wound. The larvae makes itself at home and spends 6 months growing into adult heartworms. Throughout adulthood (approx. 5-7 years in dogs and 2-3 years in cats), they lodge in the heart, lungs and blood vessels to start reproducing. This eventually causes many health conditions such as cardiovascular problems that can lead to death.
Mosquito Control with Healthy Home
If you walk outside and get covered in bites, this can be a huge indicator that you have a mosquito problem. Protect your pets from heartworms by contacting our team at Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control. We provide a mosquito management program that controls the number of these disease transmitting insects in your yard.
To regulate the mosquitos, we will mist your yard, trees and bushes with a solvent that is plant friendly, non-staining, and odor free. It’s completely safe while leaving behind zero residue, so you and your family can still enjoy the outdoors. Spending just a few minutes to schedule a mosquito inspection can save your pet’s life from the fatal disease.
Schedule Your Home Inspection with Healthy Home in Georgia
If you have a pet, consider taking the extra steps to protect your dog or cat from heartworm disease by contacting Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control. You can schedule a quick consultation where we can determine the best treatment plan and eliminate the pesky mosquitos in your yard. With a mosquito free yard, your pet can run free with no fear. Get started today by filling out a contact form or calling 770-505-9040.