Heartworm Awareness Month: How Mosquito Control Can Help Keep Your Pets Safe

Apr 27, 2023

April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and it’s important to recognize the risks that heartworms pose to both people and pets. Heartworms are parasitic worms that can live in the heart and lungs of dogs, cats, and other animals. While heartworms are most commonly associated with dogs, they can also infect cats, ferrets, and even humans. The American Heartworm Society estimates that over a million pets in the United States have heartworm disease.

One of the most surprising facts about heartworms is that they come from mosquitos. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it can pick up heartworm larvae, which then develop into infectious larvae over the course of a few weeks. When the mosquito bites another animal, it can transmit the larvae, which then migrate to the heart and lungs where they can cause serious damage.

Fortunately, heartworm disease is preventable. By treating mosquitos and reducing the risk of mosquito bites, you can help protect your pets from heartworm disease. Here at Prevent Pests, we offer mosquito prevention services that can help reduce the population of mosquitos on your property and protect your pets from heartworms.

In addition to mosquito prevention, it’s important to have your pets tested for heartworm disease regularly. Heartworm disease can be difficult to detect in its early stages, but early detection is key to effective treatment. By working with your veterinarian and taking steps to prevent mosquito bites, you can help keep your pets safe and healthy.

This Heartworm Awareness Month, take the time to educate yourself about the risks of heartworm disease and what you can do to protect your pets. By treating mosquitos and taking steps to prevent heartworms, you can help ensure that your pets stay happy and healthy for years to come.

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