Warm temperatures call for splashes in the kiddie pool, backyard lounges, and pups. it’s all fun and games (literally) until those pesky bloodsucking mosquitoes change your summer motto from “suns out, buns out” to “suns out, bugs out.”
While mosquito bites are often more of an expected inconvenience to us than anything else, they pose a greater threat to our furry friends.
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Mosquito bites can cause allergic reactions, heartworm disease, and West Nile virus in dogs. Although rare, mosquito bites can also cause eastern equine encephalitis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
While there are many commercial mosquito repellents on the market, some contain chemicals that are not safe for your dog. (And don’t even think about trying to use human mosquito spray on your four-legged friend, since the two most common ingredients, deet and picaridin, are toxic to puppies.)
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We’ve put together a list of seven natural ways you can keep mosquitoes away and your pup safe this summer.
1. spray your backyard with a natural pest spray
Typical pesticide sprays contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic to dogs. A great alternative is a natural product that’s animal-friendly and gets the job done, like Wondercide Natural Flea and Tick Garden Spray.
Wondercide’s backyard spray contains plant-based ingredients proven to be safe for dogs, cats, and humans! The ingredient that really packs a punch is cedar oil, which kills and repels pests, acting as both a preventative and treatment.
can be applied in outdoor areas such as gardens, flowers, lawns and patios. all you need to do is use it twice within 2-10 days to maintain a pest-free garden.
price: from $39.99
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2. light dog-friendly candles outside
candles can be a great way to keep mosquitoes away and add a nice touch to your backyard.
This mosquito-repellent soy candle from Murphy’s contains zero toxins, preservatives or chemical additives. It’s made entirely of natural, organic ingredients. This candle contains essential oils with mosquito repelling properties.
To ensure maximum safety for your pup, only light candles in an outdoor area that is within your sight and in a place that is safe for you and your dog. and never leave a candle unattended.
price: from $9.45
3. add a natural insect repellent tag to your dog’s collar
equip your furry with a small but useful accessory that will keep mosquitoes away.
The Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Flea, Tick and Mosquito Dog Collar Tag contains no pesticides or chemicals but helps repel mosquitoes and other pests.
This metal tag uses frequencies to create a natural barrier that will bother insects. once placed on your dog’s collar, it becomes fully effective within three weeks and lasts for a year. Your dog can enjoy a life free of bites as long as he wears the collar or has it nearby if it is removed.
price: from $54.99
4. use an all-natural repellent on your dog
human insect repellent products contain an ingredient that is very toxic to dogs. therefore, it’s important that you never use them on them (or around them if you suspect they might lick you).
To protect your furry friend from mosquito bites, get him his own bug spray. and better yet, a totally natural one!
Dug & Bitch’s Organic All-Natural Insect Repellent for Dogs is made of organic neem oil, peppermint and lemon essential oils that will certainly get those mosquitoes to stop bugging your pup when she’s outside.
just be sure to avoid your eyes and ears when applying. you can spray on your dog’s fur, but close to his face, spray it on your hands and then rub it on the face, ears and neck.
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5. find your green thumb and grow some plants
If you’ve ever wanted a reason to start gardening, now’s your chance!
Plants like mint, lavender, rosemary basil, catnip, citrosum, and lemon balm naturally repel mosquitoes. these are safe for dogs, so you won’t have to worry about what might happen if your dog ends up biting them.
Do not grow plants such as citronella, varieties of marigolds, geraniums and garlic plants since they are toxic to dogs.
6. clean up or cover any standing water
A female mosquito can lay between 100 and 400 eggs in water, and it only takes two days for those eggs to hatch into larvae. ouch!
eliminate the possibility of mosquitoes breeding and invading your yard by cleaning or covering standing water, as this is what they need to survive.
Areas to cover include untended pools, clogged rain gutters, bird baths, kiddie pools, buckets and dog bowls.
7. protect your dog with an insect repellent shirt
an insect repellent shirt keeps your sweet dog safe from mosquitoes while looking stylish.
Paikka’s UV sun protectant and bug repellent dog shirt not only helps with pests but also harmful U rays.
In the wild, a zebra’s stripes keep it safe from insects due to the fact that some insects blend into the pattern. It also has UV protection (UPF 50+) to protect your dog from the sun.
machine washable and dries quickly.
price: from $40
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