Mosquitoes And Heartworm. Is Your Pet Protected?

We write a lot of articles warning pet owners to be on the look out for ticks, when it comes to outside adventures with their four-legged friends, but what about mosquitoes? Of course, it goes without saying that mosquitoes are a threat to man’s best friend too, so what precautions should be taken to protect your pet from these pests. This doesn’t apply just to dogs either, as feline friends can also be subject to mosquito borne diseases.

Officials warn pet owners to take mosquito precautions

The western treehole mosquito is a primary cause of heartworm in cats and dogs. They’re fairly small and like to bite mammals, and a day biter which makes them different than most mosquitoes. Preventive treatments include monthly topicals, usually placed between the pet’s shoulder blades so it can’t lick it off. For dogs, additional treatments and preventions are available.

There are many different species of mosquito that carry the bacteria that can transmit heartworm to your pet, so they need to be protected at all times. Here’s a short video with some more information.


Protect your dog or cat with specially formulated mosquito repellents, but also, protect your own back yard. After all, if your home is less likely a favorable habitat for mosquitoes, then the reduction of opportunity for these critters to bite you or your pet, significantly reduces too.

Paws for thought: Heartworm is a constant threat

Heartworm is a life-threatening disease spread by mosquitoes to pets. One bite is all it takes to infect your pet. Warmer temperatures mean mosquitoes are around all year, especially here in the Valley. Mosquitoes can transfer heartworm to your pet from infected pets, coyotes and foxes. Since mosquitoes enter homes, indoor pets are vulnerable as well.

Our pets don’t have a choice, they rely on responsible owners to take care of them. Be educated, take action, and be safe in the knowledge that your furry sidekick is safe from the harm that mosquitoes can cause.

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New Jersey Faces New Tick Species

There’s a new ‘tick’ on the block and it’s making itself known in New Jersey. This particular critter is the East Asian tick, which is also sometimes referred to as a longhorned or bush tick, and is known for spreading a deadly virus called SFTS. Here’s an article with more information, that not just residents in NJ, need to know, but all over the globe.

Exotic Tick Species Arrives In Garden State

HUNTERDON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A tiny parasite could become a big problem this year in New Jersey. It’s an exotic tick that’s never been seen before in the United States. It was first spotted on a sheep in Hunterdon County, and efforts to wipe it out have failed. New Jersey has always been home to different species of ticks – five to be exact. But a new variety of the bloodsucking bug is now in the mix.

So what exactly is SFTS and how quickly is it spreading and why has it landed in the Garden State? Find out more in this video.


There are 5 tick species that are commonly known in New Jersey, but this one is a little far from home.

New Jersey Is Dealing With A Tick Species That Is New To America

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the latest follow-up to what was described in a February 2018 publication in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The publication detailed an “uptick” in the New Jersey population that occurred last Summer. On August 1 , 2017, after shearing a 12-year-old Icelandic sheep named Hannah, a farmer went to the Hunterdon County Health Office with some new companions. Thousands of them, in fact.

If you live in New Jersey, we recommend that your tick control is up to date. These pests are a huge threat to our health and safety and we need to take action to protect ourselves, our families, pets and our homes.

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What Are You Doing To Protect Yourself From Zika

The mosquito borne Zika virus is still a health risk across the United States, and with mosquito season well under way, it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe from these disease spreading pests. It’s not also just the threat of Zika, there are many other illnesses that can be transmitted by these deadly critters.

Protecting yourself from mosquitoes, the Zika virus

There have been cases of Zika found in the Rio Grande Valley. David Leal with Healthy South Texas said it’s important that people know that they can lower their chances of becoming infected. “Knowing when mosquitoes are a little hungrier and want to bite, when the sun rises and when the sun sets, we can use an insect repellent that has DEET in it,” Leal said. “Try to have 25-percent DEET in the insect repellent that you use.” Leal also suggests things like wearing light colors because mosquitoes like darker colors, and apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.

In 2016, the Zika virus was highly documented in news reports and health warnings were given. Things have quietened down on the Zika front, but it doesn’t mean that we’re not all still at risk. Here’s what you need to know about the virus.

There is not yet a vaccination available for Zika. However, there have been developments in research in eliminating prenatal infections. Here’s an article with more information.

A Zika vaccine could virtually eliminate prenatal infections, model shows

Mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted Zika virus has become widespread across Central and South America, and the Caribbean. A viable vaccine is expected to be available in the next several years, but a vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing infections depends not only on its efficacy, but also on demographic and fertility patterns, local Zika attack rates, and the proportion of the population still susceptible when it becomes available.

As we like to continually remind you… there are ways in which you can protect yourself from mosquitoes. It’s time to take action and continue our fight against the most deadly creature in the world.

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Are Boys More Susceptible To Lyme Disease Than Girls?

The tick population is on the rise and with that comes the risk of tick borne diseases. A recent report has revealed that an alarming number of children are infected with Lyme disease, in particular in Long Island, NY, and surprisingly, it seems that boys may be a little more at risk than girls. Could this be down to their tendency to play outdoors and within areas that may be more likely to be a tick habitat than girls would?  Here’s an article with more information.

Tick-borne diseases reach epidemic levels on Long Island, panel says

Tick-borne infections have reached epidemic proportions on Long Island, where children are disproportionately affected by Lyme disease and other infections transmitted by the eight-legged creatures, a panel of top scientists said Thursday.  “Lyme disease is mostly a disease of children and curiously mostly a disease of boys,” Jorge Benach said at Thursday’s symposium at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Of course, there’s no stopping outdoor play time for kids. However, it’s important that parents know the danger of Lyme disease and how they can keep their children protected from ticks.

Time spent outdoors has many benefits for children, so wrapping them up in cotton wool and keeping them indoors because of the concern about tick bites could possibly do more harm than good. Instead, educate your child about ticks. Advise them to be on the look out, and when they return indoors, make sure you do a thorough check to ensure there are no ticks on their body.

Researchers warn kids don’t get enough outdoor playtime

Playing outside might be one of the fondest childhood memories for most adults, but researchers now say that they’re not carrying on the tradition for their kids. According to a new study published in the April 2 Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, parents just aren’t taking their kids, especially young girls, outdoors to participate in physical activities.

Do you know the symptoms of Lyme disease? Are you aware of what action to take if you believe your child may have been bitten by a tick and is showing signs of infection? Can you remove a tick safely? These are all things to consider and educate yourselves, not only as parents, but as a means to protect yourself from these disease spreading pests too.

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Even The Smallest Amount of Standing Water Is A Breeding Ground For Mosquitoes

When was the last time you went into your back yard and cleared any standing water? There doesn’t even need to be a substantial amount of rainfall for water to collect in even the tiniest of spaces, even something as small as a bottle cap. These areas are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so it’s important that you perform this daily task of emptying any collected water, so that these pests cannot breed easily.

Blood-sucking, disease-spreading pests are breeding in your yard — will you stop them?

You will get bit by a mosquito, probably soon. The mosquito larva are already wiggling around in pools of standing water, sometimes in containers as small as a soda cap. That bite will likely be little more than an annoyance, something to scratch at for an hour or a day. But that bite could infect you with West Nile virus, and that might result in a high fever and body aches. In severe cases, the virus can kill people. Over the last 10 years, 10 people across Pennsylvania have died as a result of the virus. And your property is likely a breeding ground for these pests.

Investing in professional mosquito control is also a recommended action to take when protecting you and your family from mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.

There are high mosquito populations in the Hanover area, Pennsylvania as noted in the first article, so if you’re in the neighboring state of Maryland, then you might want to get in touch for your options of mosquito control in MD. Don’t just rely on some of the myths you may have heard in getting rid of these pests.

7 Myths About Getting Rid of Mosquitoes You Need to Stop Using

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to controlling mosquitoes. Despite what you may have heard, the food you eat won’t affect your chances of being bitten, and neither will buying a bunch of citronella candles. What types of repellents actually work to why the bloodsuckers bite you in the first place, here’s the scoop on mosquitoes.

Relying on a myth is not worth the risk, so take proven action and protect yourself from mosquitoes. These pests are not going away any time soon and with each of us making our contribution to protect our property, we are reducing the risk of breeding and the spread of mosquito borne diseases.

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Are You Prepared For Tick Season?

Are you enjoying the spring weather? Are you spending more time outdoors, walking your pets or taking your children out into nature? Rightly so, you should be doing this because it’s great to be out and about and breathing in the fresh air. However, there’s those little pesky pests called ticks that we like to remind you about. We don’t want to spoil your fun, but you’ll be amazed at how many people step outside and into tick habitats without protecting themselves from these disease spreading pests.

Tick advice issued as people enjoy Spring weather

ADVICE has been issued about the risk of infection caused by ticks as people go outdoors to enjoy the spring weather.  Tick can be found in forests, woodland, moorland and parks and are the size of a poppy seed. Most ticks bites are harmless however some are infected with bacteria that can cause Lyme disease.

Some useful tips in the above article that can help you to stay safe. Not all ticks spread diseases such as Lyme disease, but it simply isn’t worth the risk of subjecting yourself to a potential tick bite that could change your life forever.

The warmer weather has meant a rise in the tick population. These critters are surviving longer, meaning there are more around as tick season is upon us, and the threat of Lyme disease even more a concern.

Tick Season is Already Here

Ticks are back and can be picked up at places like parks, gardening or hiking. Scientists are already testing ticks now at the state Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. They’re predicting a fairly typical tick season this year after a bad season last year. Experts warn that if you get a tick bite the likelihood of contracting an illness like Lyme disease is quite high.

Always check yourself for ticks, and if you’ve got a four legged friend, give them a thorough check too. Some ticks can be so tiny that you need to look really hard to find them. Don’t leave it too late to spot these little suckers!

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